I am big fan of Diana Nyad, the champion swimmer who refused to give up on her swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. In 2013, at age 64 and after five attempts, she achieved her goal. It is never too late to be all that you can be.
Dee Dee Myers, who served as White House press secretary for President Bill Clinton, was the featured speaker at the University of South Florida's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy symposium in Tampa on October 24. Dee Dee was the first woman to hold the job in the White House, and one of the youngest. She regularly appears on TV and consulted on NBC's The West Wing.
It is tragic that it has taken so many heart-rending incidents this year to call out the deficiencies in the way the country deals with mental health as a serious medical condition. The most recent involving Senator Creigh Deeds' son is a prime example, if what is reported turns out to be true. The lack of hospital beds for acute mental illness conditions and the scant funding available for treatment is a travesty. It seems society still assigns a stigma to those diagnosed with this disease, which is the biggest obstacle to changing opinion and public policy about the need to solve the problem.
One program titled Emerging Trends in the Adopting of Medical Treatment Guidelines explored the challenges medical professionals face when deciding which medical treatment guidelines to follow when many differing guidelines exist.