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C Diff Foundation Announces Appointment of Paul Feuerstadt, M.D., Director of Medical Education

C Diff Foundation, a one hundred percent volunteer, world renowned 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, has appointed nationally renowned Gastroenterologist, Dr. Paul Feuerstadt as its first Director of Medical Education.

Dr. Feuerstadt said, “It is my honor to accept this position. I have been involved with the C Diff Foundation over the last 4.5 years and I look forward to assisting in the continued growth of the organization and ensuring that forward progress, awareness and education increases under my tenure. I look forward to working with the board and volunteers to increase awareness and funding across the country and around the world to highlight this disease through in person events, social media, and in the press.”

Dr. Feuerstadt has spent his career refining his practice and expertise in C. difficile. He is dedicated to educating the public through his work with this organization.

Additionally, he plans to offer free patient and provider education through the launch of his new educational website, EverythingCdifficile.com. The goal of the site is to provide education through short videos with relevant clinical information for educational purposes. The site provides concise 3-5 minute lectures covering core topics, recent publications and major conferences about C. difficile infection to educate both patients and providers.

Nancy C. Caralla, Founding President, C Diff Foundation, commented: “Dr. Feuerstadt is a pre-eminent doctor in this space. His dedication and donation of his time and energy to this worthy cause has helped so many patients to date. We look forward to his enhanced leadership and knowledge as the organization grows and strengthens through our advocacy in
the C.diff. community. Dr. Feuerstadt’s new role as Director of Medical Education will provide an additional avenue of support to patients, families, caregivers, and healthcare providers  through his educational media available on EverythingCdifficile.com. We are grateful for Dr. Feuerstadt’s time and dedication as we continue fighting this debilitating disease worldwide.”

About Dr. Paul Feuerstadt:

His areas of interest Clostridioides difficile infection and ischemic diseases of the gut and in these areas he has presented his research extensively, authored and co-authored many manuscripts, textbook chapters and online modules. Another passion of Dr. Feuerstadt’s is teaching, frequently giving lectures locally, regionally and nationally. He holds a clinical appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine and is a full time attending physician at the Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut seeing patients with a broad spectrum of clinical gastroenterological diseases.

Dr. Feuerstadt attended the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in Manhattan for medical school and completed his residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell. His clinical fellowship training was completed at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

 

 

Thanksgiving Reflections With Gratitude – 2017

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 2017.

 

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

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We want to extend our gratitude to you and everyone for the warm welcome this past
year.  In our travels, and communication we get to discover many organizations doing outstanding work.

Each organization dedicated in researching and developing new avenues to prevent and treat a Clostridium difficile infection are all successful, appreciated, and applauded by the patients and their families who are being treated and recovering from a          C. difficile infection.

The C Diff Foundation is an exceptional organization, and its special ingredients
are what makes us so proud to be a part. The first of these is our outreach programs. We offer patients and their families opportunities worldwide to gain support and information which is vital during a C. diff. infection and during the recovery phase of this infection.

The second special ingredient is the dedicated volunteering staff here in the USA,  most of whom have been faithfully serving our Foundation since the formation in 2012.

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

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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 look forward to speak with you by phone via: Teleconferencing sessions or in person at a local event.  Sessions are scheduled each month and available throughout the US and accessible from 57 countries right now.  Register through the website support page or call us (919) 201-1512 and register for upcoming sessions.  It will be our pleasure to speak with you about C. diff. infections, financial support, pharmaceutical information, group discussions related to anxiety and depression, nutrition, and sessions speaking with others that truly understand the diagnosis and ways to work through it.

We encourage you to introduce others to the C Diff Foundation and to the validated information provided.

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.

 

 

 

 

We especially wish to thank the many USA Governors for signing State Proclamations declaring “November Clostridium difficile Infection Awareness Month.”

The gratitude expressed by the patients and their families is overwhelming and the health care professionals around the globe hold this statement in the highest regards.

“We are thankful!”

We are all truly grateful for the opportunity to work with dedicated volunteers, healthcare professionals, scientific researchers, and associates from so many worthy organizations.

Thank you for all that you do for others, for their communities – and partnering with the C Diff Foundation in  our mission of educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety, and support worldwide!

A World of Thanks To the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Patient Advocates Around the Globe

National Volunteers Week     #NVW2016

 

Did you know that it is  NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
April 10-16, 2016

President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).  Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities.

To each C Diff Foundation Volunteer Patient Advocate, , on behalf of all the staff and the thousands of members around the globe we want to say THANK YOU!

Your continued support and efforts contribute in a significant way to our mission of educating, and advocating for C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety awareness worldwide.

November marked our third  year in “Raising C. diff. infection Awareness” campaign and we thank the many organizations who supported and contributed by sharing information with others.  We are all working toward a shared goal in witnessing a reduction of newly diagnosed C. diff. cases and “None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this TOGETHER!”

We celebrate our volunteers and this week stands as a reminder that our daily work sharing information, educating, and advocating for C. diff. infections, remains not only critical but it is urgent.

We do not know when new interventions to prevent, to treat, and protect our environments with products that will  eradicate C. diff. spores will become available to the public.  The good news is that we do know that there are many positive interventions presently in clinical trials, which give us all HOPE.

Visit the website for updates and feel free to inquire if you or a loved one would be considered a candidate to participate in an ongoing clinical trial:

 https://cdifffoundation.org/clinical-trials-2/

This is why acts of sharing the C Diff Foundation literature during every opportunity quickly opens doors of knowledge helping others learn how to prevent acquiring this painful and life-threatening infection, treatments available, and disinfecting products with EPA Registered C. diff. kill for environmental safety–  to  help save lives.

Reminder that there is always information and support  available and  only a phone call away 1-844-FOR-CDIF

The C Diff Foundation Volunteer Patient Advocates build awareness, help build support and provide education of C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety measures  to patients, survivors  their families and community healthcare professional centers/offices.  They also  guide individuals in giving a voice to patients, survivors and their families on healthcare-related infections, informing the public,  health-care providers (hospitals, healthcare professionals, etc.), organizations of health-care professionals, the educational world, with the medical, Governmental agencies, and pharmaceutical research communities.

We provide our Volunteer Patient Advocates with the necessary tools, and updates to generate positive results.

Do you have a few extra minutes to share vital information with others to raise C diff. infection awareness in your community?

By becoming a C Diff Foundation Volunteer Patient Advocate you will make a BIG difference and help spare others the pain, suffering, and tragedy of loosing a loved one that is caused by a C. diff. infection.

Contact our office for additional information and register today by e-mailing the C Diff Foundation your name and a valid mailing address to receive an official  C Diff Foundation Volunteer Patient Advocate Packet

info@cdifffoundation.org

On this day, and throughout the year ahead, we want you to be confident that your Volunteer Membership in the Foundation is bringing important information out into the communities and throughout the world through the educational brochures, cards, letters, and from sharing your own personal experiences with others.  Please be sure to share your journey with others in need of “HOPE” on the C. diff. Survivors Alliance Network website  http://www.cdiffsurvivors.org

Your continued donations received during the year are always appreciated. Your gifts assist the Foundation in promoting C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety education, and advocacy to healthcare professionals, families, patients, and communities world-wide.  We are grateful for your assistance, dedication, and support and we hope the Foundation has also been helpful to you.  If you have any suggestions about how we can serve others better or share the information more effectively, please let us know.  You are welcome to email, telephone, or write to the Foundation at any time.

We certainly look forward to your continued Volunteer Membership in the Foundation.  There is so much more that needs to be accomplished and we continue to move forward together promoting our mission, which is entirely dedicated for the good of others.

May you and your families experience continued HOPE for good health, happiness, and peace throughout the year.

Thank You for helping prevent further pain and suffering worldwide by sharing in the

C Diff Foundation’s mission today.

 

Shop Amazon to Give to the C Diff Foundation

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It’s a pleasure to share the new way to give to the C Diff Foundation.

 

 

Amazon will share a portion of the proceeds from your purchases with the

C Diff Foundation.  While you are shopping on-line you are also donating, and we are grateful.

Here is how it works:

* Shop Amazon through AmazonSmile and select C Diff Foundation as your charity.

Click on the link below to access their site.

https://smile.amazon.com/

Sign into your Amazon Account with ID and Password.  Scroll down past the default chosen Charity and at the following option

Or pick your own charitable organization:________  

Type in  C Diff Foundation and press Enter

C Diff Foundation Inc (About)
Specifically Named Diseases             New Prt Rchy, FL
Click the SELECT button

It is as easy as that!

Thank you for supporting the C Diff Foundation.

Your support helps our mission continue moving forward.

Educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Finding Peace While Battling a Short-Term Infection That Turns Into A Chronic Illness

Finding Peace While Battling a Short-Term Infection That Turns Into A Chronic Illness

Chronic illness is defined as a medical condition that lasts for a year or more, as many have experienced diagnosed and battling a C. difficile infection. This condition is often not well understood by the medical community. It may take many months to obtain an accurate diagnosis and then, may take even longer to get the correct treatment regimen in place. In the meantime, the patient becomes depleted in body and soul resulting in a disruption of normal day to day activities because of limited mobility and/or independence. This can affect emotional, physical and financial stability. The individual may experience a loss of control and may experience feelings of frustration, anger and even grief. A sense of hopelessness may follow. As with other chronic medical conditions, individuals with C. Diff are at risk for developing clinical depression. Recent studies indicate that up to one third of those dealing with a chronic illness have co-occurring depressive symptoms. (http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/chronic-illnesses-depression). While full blown clinical depression will not be experienced by all individuals diagnosed with C. diff, certainly they are likely to feel high levels of stress and situational sadness related to their condition.

Only a mental health professional may diagnose clinical depression and recommend a treatment plan which may include medication as an intervention. However, it is important to be aware of the risk of depression and know that there are strategies you can employ to improve mood and sense of control.

Be Involved in Your Treatment – You are the Expert about You!
o Only you know what your C. difficile infection symptoms and experience feels like to you.
o Be confident that you have the right doctor and be honest about symptoms, feelings and ongoing challenges you are facing.
o Don’t hesitate to ask questions and to expect answers, even if the answer is that there is little information available.
Learn About C. diff. – Your understanding about your illness is beneficial.
o Finding out more about your condition increases your sense of control.
o Make sure to seek information from reputable sources. Not every website has accurate information. Use valid resources from the C Diff Foundation to find the best resources for information about this condition.
Seek Support – You are Not Alone in your Experience of a C. difficile infection:
o Define your circle of support – who can you count out to be there for you when you need them. This could include your spouse, family, friends and others who are struggling with a chronic illness.
Follow A Healthy Lifestyle Plan – You Can Impact Your Overall Well-being
o Eat a healthy diet that is recommended by your healthcare provider. Make healthy food choices despite challenges faced by a C. diff. infection. Food can be important medicine.
o Exercise several times a week. Do something you like and don’t have unrealistic expectations. You may be weakened by your condition so adjust the type and length of exercise to your energy level. Take a walk, weed a small garden, do yoga, dance….just do it!
o Decrease stress. Prioritize your activities to do what you have to, what you want to….then let the rest go, if you have to. Just say No. You have permission.
Consider Your Spiritual Journey – You Can Grow Stronger Despite Your Illness
o Spirituality may buffer you from some of the negative effects of a C. diff. infection.
o Prayer and/or self talk can bring a healthier attitude and overall well-being.
o Find gratitude for your life and seek opportunities to grow in a personal way from your experiences.
Have Dreams and Believe in Yourself – What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?
o Diagnosis of an illness, such as a C. difficile infection. may slow down your life plan but it certainly does not have to halt your journey.
o Sometimes slowing down is a reason to be grateful….you may learn something about yourself or others that you didn’t know before.

Just a word of caution – If you find that your feelings of sadness or frustration become more intense to the point of feeling hopelessness or thoughts of suicide, immediately seek an evaluation and treatment. Your doctor or local mental health center will be able to help you find the urgent mental health intervention that you may need.

NEXT MONTH – C. diff. and Relationships: How Short-Term/Long-Term Illness May Affect How You Relate to Others

 

Lesa Bridges, LCSW, MSW, Chairperson Mental Health Advisory Committee