The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 21, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012


Learn about diseases that affect neighbors


My 16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in January 2012. The two months prior to that day were the worst of her life and mine. Severe joint pain, lack of full mobility in her arms, knots forming on knees and feet and many sleepless nights are some of the things she had to deal with.

Because of her age and the way her symptoms were manifesting, diagnosis and therefore treatment were put off. She is now responding to the treatment, but still has flare-ups, most of which occur in her shoulders. She’s unable to raise her arms above her chest so I wash and dry her hair for her on these days. It’s difficult for her to carry textbooks at school when these flare-ups happen. Her friends have been supportive, but she keeps so much from them.

I live for the days when she wakes up pain-free and can do things without assistance.

She’s a normal kid. That’s whom faculty and friends see at school: the girl they know is sick but doesn’t look it.

When she misses school because the pain is too great, she lies. She tells friends she has a virus or a cold. She doesn’t think they’ll understand. And they probably wouldn’t.

It’s hard for people to fathom that she can be just like any other kid one day and hardly able to move the next. But that’s how this disease works.

I want to raise awareness in my community and the schools so that my daughter doesn’t have to hide her pain any longer. If you know of some child who has a disease in your school, whether it’s JRA or something else (I’m talking to adults and kids), take time to learn about it.


Sara Hanshaw


Something must be done about post

Beware of the post in the Raleigh County Courthouse parking lot; it is hazardous to the health of your vehicle. I know because I had a run-in with it. On Sept. 26 I had occasion to be in said parking lot when a pickup came backing out at a high rate of speed (to me that is). That is all it took, bam, that post jumped right out and hit me, both right side doors and the rocker panel.

But I waited for an official of the courthouse because I didn’t know the law governing that particular parking lot. The really bad thing was when he told me that particular post had been hit many times over the years, and he couldn’t even tell which paint was mine. I asked him why they had not done something about it. He told me they had several discussions about it over the years.

Now if this is true, why haven’t they done something? Make it taller so it could be seen, wrap it in reflector tape, anything would be better than nothing.

Another thing, they are not responsible for anything that happens in their parking lot, unless a county vehicle hits you; then I suppose it would be really, really hard to prove it was their fault.

Back to the post, something must be done and sooner rather than later.

Effie Taylor