Category Archives: C Diff Foundation

Happy Mother’s Day and Good-Health Wishes To Women Around the Globe

Happy Mother’s Day to Women Everywhere!

This year In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 14th.

In more than 90 countries Mother’s Day will be celebrated, including many countries where the U.S. based C Diff Foundation is located.

 

 

We take this opportunity to celebrate and remember mothers everywhere and the invaluable role that mothers play in families, communities, and business.

The C Diff Foundation is dedicated to educating and advocating for C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, environmental safety with support around the globe. There are many avenues connected to C. difficile infections which lead the C Diff Foundation Members and Volunteer Patient Advocates down adjacent roads raising awareness of antibiotic-resistance, antibiotic stewardship programs, Sepsis, and a multitude of general wellness topics around the world.

The C Diff Foundation offers programs enabling healthcare professionals, patients and their families the ability to receive assistance needed during and post-CDI, the ability to receive support care without having to travel during and after experiencing a C. difficile infection, and through the continued support of members and volunteer patient advocates the C Diff Foundation’s mission progresses and grows.  Life-saving information reaches villages to cities raising CDI Awareness driving down newly diagnosed CDI’s worldwide.

This week, we will celebrate the success stories of mothers, their mothers, and generations of women, now C.diff. Survivors,  living in communities around the world where the C Diff Foundation can be found.

We will also be remembering the thousands of families who have lost their mother to a C. diff. infection and C. diff. infection involvement.

Happy Mother’s Day and good-health wishes are sent to women everywhere!

 

 

C Diff Foundation Celebrates National Volunteer Week 2017

National Volunteer Week, April 23 – 29th

The C Diff Foundation celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 23 – 29 to recognize more than 150 members of the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Members, including Volunteer Patient Advocates, have collectively donated more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the Foundation last year. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Sharing Time, Touching Lives.”

“Through the years the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Members have served as ambassadors of goodwill, service and compassion,” said Angelo Ortiz, C Diff Foundation’s Treasurer and Chairperson of  the Volunteer Patient Advocate Program

The C Diff Foundation, a 501(c) (3)  non-profit organization, established in 2012, and comprised of 100% volunteering professionals dedicated at supporting public health through education and advocating for C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, environmental safety, and support worldwide

Not only do the volunteer members provide financial support for the C Diff Foundation’s programs — it is through their dedication and passion that continuously expands the Foundation’s mission.  Some volunteer patient advocates have their own unique C. diff. Survivor Journey which is shared with compassion, dedication, and caring hearts touching patients, students, fellow healthcare professionals,  and residents in the community every day.

Volunteer members will be recognized on November 9th & 10th  during the C Diff Foundation’s
5th Annual International C. diff. Awareness Conference and Health EXPO being hosted
in Las Vegas, NV.  During the annual event the “Volunteer Shooting Star” awards will
be presented along with numerous Volunteer Patient Advocate certificates for service hours.

“We are fortunate to have such kind and giving volunteers,” said Nancy C. Caralla, Foundress and Executive Director of the C Diff Foundation, “It is an honor to recognize those who have selflessly given so much to help educate, and promote the Foundation’s mission worldwide.”

The C Diff Foundation Volunteer Program was organized in 2012 to provide volunteer services, promote community understanding of Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) CDI  Infection Prevention, Treatments, Environmental Safety and Support and to raise funds for special C Diff Foundation patient/family programs.

The C Diff Foundation Members, with  the Volunteer Patient Advocates, successfully promote
C. diff. Awareness”  nationwide and in fifty-six  (56) countries and host a
U.S. Nationwide information Hot-Line (1-844-FOR-CDIF) to support health care providers, patients, and families guiding them through the difficulties caused by a C. diff. infection.

Volunteers Members serve in 12 different committees;  Volunteers host monthly teleconference support sessions; Provide Education about C. diff. infection and other linked healthcare topics through workshops, community events, and literature with patients, their families, and residents from villages to cities around the globe; Triage Nurses assist patients, families, clinicians with answers to prevention, treatment, environmental safety and support questions Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST;  Register support session participants,; Provide IT management; Give clerical and social media assistance to various departments;  Provide a “Global Broadcasting Network” with www.cdiffradio.com with their educational radio
program,C. diff. Spores and More which broadcasts live every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EST. We are grateful for our sponsor Clorox Healthcare for making this program possible.  Each episode becomes a podcast and is accessible from the C. diff. Spores and More living library located on the main cdiffradio.com program page. Each November the Volunteer Members gather at the annual conference to both present and provide assistance in making the attendees feel welcome and expand their knowledge base on a variety of health topics that are linked to the main topic ~ Clostridium difficile infections.

For more information about the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Program, please call 919-201-1512 (toll free in USA 1-844-367-2343 ) or e-mail:   info@cdifffoundation.org

 

C Diff Foundation Volunteers — Helping Us  Help Others and The Beacon Of Light On the Other Side Of Pain and Suffering.

 

 

 

C Diff Foundation Welcomes Linda Jablonski, MS, BSN, RN-BC – Director Of Nursing

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We are pleased to welcome Linda Jablonski, MS, BSN, RN-BC, to the C Diff Foundation.   Linda presides as the Director of Nursing of the C Diff Foundation’s Global Community Education & Outreach Program

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Linda Jablonski has been in the Nursing profession for over 22 years. A Graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Masters at Kean College of New Jersey. Linda was a Special Education Instructor and Counselor prior to entering Nursing and her Thesis was on Preventing Violence Through Education or PTE. The major component of her thesis was Community Outreach. Linda worked her way through school as a Certified Nurses Aide and Home Health Aid which developed the experience and passion in the Home Care setting. Today Linda is a Director of Nursing for a Home Health agency and works at providing quality care, continued education to staff, and speaking to community groups to provide education in Infection Prevention (C.diff., MRSA & Superbugs) and Antibiotic Resistance Awareness and Stewardship Programs.

Sending Warm Holiday Greetings Around the Globe

The holiday season is upon us;  A time to share warm holiday greetings while reflecting upon the many individuals combating a C. difficile infection worldwide.

We especially call to mind those who have passed away from a Clostridium difficile infection and/or C. difficile involvement while fighting other diagnoses simultaneously.

The all-encompassing nature of chronic illness and its disruption of life and plans can elicit a wide range of emotions. These responses include: stress, grief, anger,fear,depression, and anxiety.  Be kind to yourself.  Take time for you during the holiday season.

It has been found beneficial to experiment with a variety of ways to manage stress and the many emotions that surface during the holidays season. When you find a technique that relieves the symptoms,  try to incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine. Some proven methods include exercising, walking, yoga, listening to music, deep breathing exercise, meditation, cooking, reading, writing in a journal, and spending quality time with family and friends. There is always the option of speaking with a healthcare provider to obtain a mental health professional referral for continued support.

We would like to take this opportunity to say that during the year it has been an honor to stand along-side the many patient focused and worldwide organizations, healthcare professionals, and scientists researching and developing preventative measures, and treatments to combat C. diff. infections with the long list of  “superbugs.”

We are grateful.

In 2017 we look forward to releasing newly developed programs for patients, families, healthcare professionals. and residents in every community while working towards a shared goal in witnessing a reduction of newly diagnosed  C. diff. infections with increasing awareness of Antibiotic-Resistance, Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs, Sepsis, and more.

“None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this together.”

Thank you for your continued support from all of us at the C Diff Foundation.

We wish you and your family warm holiday greetings with hopes for a
stronger, healthier, and positive New Year.

Veronica “Raunnie” Edmond, Author, Health Coach, C.diff. And Breast Cancer Survivor Raises CDI Awareness

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Veronica “Raunnie” Edmond, Author, Health Coach,
C Diff Foundation Volunteer Patient Advocate, C. diff. and
Stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor joined us on
September 20th, 2016, at the
4th Annual International Raising C. diff. Awareness Conference and Health Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Veronica bravely shared her tormenting, painful experience encountered with a C. difficile infection while simultaneously undergoing  treatment for Breast Cancer.

We are grateful for her full recovery from this life-threatening diagnosis and infection and for the positive attitude Veronica has in promoting breast health, wellness, and raising C.diff. awareness.

Thank you Veronica and to all fellow C.diff.  Survivors  www.cdiffsurvivors.org  sharing their inspirational journey

“No one can do this alone ~ All of us can do this together.”

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Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the year’s blessings, reconnect with family, share a big meal and sometimes get indigestion. Often times, the overindulgence of a variety of foods may cause an upset stomach or stomach bug.

To be blunt, the rapid expansion of the stomach and foods rich in creams, sugar, and fat can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. In most cases, the stomach discomfort is temporary and, with over-the-counter medicine, the symptoms are gone.

When should you be concerned, if the usual remedies are ineffective to control diarrhea?

One of the answers is when the pain from diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever is so severe that it lands you in the emergency room. In Veronica “Raunnie” Edmond’s case, she was already hospitalized during her second round of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of stage 3 breast cancer.

Please click on the link below to be redirected to this most admirable story shared by Veronica with Marie Y. Lemelle, Contributing Columnist at Wave Newspapers

http://wavenewspapers.com/health-matters-a-case-of-diarrhea-that-almost-turned-deadly/

 

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Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA, a public relations consultant, is the owner of Platinum Star PR and can be reached on Twitter @PlatinumStar, or Instagram @PlatinumStarPR. Send “Health Matters” related questions to healthmatters@wavepublication.com and look for her column in The Wave.

Build A Better Tomorrow With Us

#GivingTuesday   is a global day dedicated to giving back.

Today, Tuesday November 29th, 2016,  charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

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#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influential and founding partners together launched a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

Remember the C Diff Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, in your Giving Tuesday efforts. Your gift is tax deductible and will support patients touched by the life-threatening C. diffiicle infection,  their families,  communities and the many  programs dedicated in Raising C. diff. Awareness™   by providing information and support worldwide.

We appreciate you and all that you do.

Click on the line below to be redirected to the C Diff Foundation’s Donation Page:

“How You Can Help ♥ Donate Today” 

 

Thank you for your continued support and we are grateful for your generosity.

A Time To Reflect and Give Thanks

 

 

 

 

Dear Members, Followers, and Visitors,

It’s hard to believe another  year has caught up with us and here we are preparing for the
Thanksgiving holiday and reflecting upon the days that have passed by in 2016.

During this year we have been expanding across  the nation and reaching far away lands
meeting great people like you who are devoted to “Raising C. diff. Awareness” with
the C Diff Foundation.  “Thank you for joining us.”

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We want to extend our gratitude to you and everyone for the very warm welcome this past
year.  In our travels, and communication we get to discover many organizations doing really good work. The ones that are successful have a unique mission and a clear understanding of how to carry out that mission.  Some organizations, however, rise above the rest and just seem to possess special ingredients not found in the others.

 

The C Diff Foundation is one of these exceptional organizations, and its special ingredients
are what makes us so proud to be a part. The first of these is our outreach programs. Offering patients and their families avenues to gain support and information is vital and greatly needed during a C. diff. infection and during the recovery time from a C. diff. infection.

The second special ingredient is the dedicated volunteering members and staff around the globe,  most of whom have been faithfully serving our Foundation since the formation in 2012.  “Thank you for all you do for the good of others.”

The third special ingredient is you and all the Volunteer Patient Advocates worldwide with the financial supporters who see to it that our mission continues spreading with promoting the “Raising C. diff. Awareness” program along with the many programs in place to make you and your communities stronger than ever in C. diff. infection prevention, treatment , support, information, and environmental safety products available.  We are truly grateful.

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As we work together today, and in the coming  year, seeking opportunities to bring hearts to a mend through the C. diff. Global Community Support Program, we hope to speak with you by telephone via: Teleconferencing sessions or in person at a local event.  We are in the process of scheduling support sessions  worldwide right now, so please let us know if you are interested in participating by contacting us by phone or through the website.

There are tele-conference sessions hosted monthly by
Dr. Caterina Oneto, MD and Dr. Paul Feuerstadt, MD to discuss the Who, What, Where of
C. diff. infections, and additional sessions offered throughout the month
to discuss financial support, pharmaceutical information, bereavement, anxiety and
depression, nutrition, and general information sessions to speak with others who
truly understand the diagnosis and able to discuss how to work through it.

Register for a free support session by calling the
Nationwide Hot-line 1-844-FOR-CDIF or by accessing the registration page on the website

https://cdifffoundation.org/cdiff-global-community-support-program-%e2%99%a5/

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We also encourage you to introduce others to the C Diff Foundation Nationwide Hot-Line available: 1-844-FOR-CDIF for information and support.

 

 

“Support is only a phone call away”

 

As we come together with friends, family, and strangers–  let us reflect on our own thoughts and reflections of gratitude and let us light a candle to signify “hope” – the shining light that we see in the shadows when turmoil and struggles occur.

The days may becoming shorter during the winter months on the horizon but our light of “hope” for better health and stronger days has never shown brighter than today.

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Thank you for sharing the C Diff Foundation’s gifts with others worldwide.

“None of us can do this alone – All of us can do this together!”

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