Ethan, 11

I wish to have a trailer

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Josue, 9

I wish to go on a shopping spree

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Victoria, 8

I wish to go to South Korea

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William, 10

I wish to go to snowboarding

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Jacob, 8

I wish to meet my favorite baseball player

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October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Laughing little girl sitting on the wheelchair at the hospital

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. This disorder is the leading cause of severe impairment in girls, yet awareness of Rett syndrome remains low among the general public. 

What is Rett Syndrome?
Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in girls almost exclusively. Many people find similarities between Rett syndrome and autism, because they’re both neurological and developmental disorders. Like autism, Rett syndrome affects the way the brain develops, often resulting in seizures and intellectual disabilities. Both conditions are classified as pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs). Unlike autism, however, Rett syndrome almost only occurs in girls and is thought to be linked to the X chromosome. Ultimately, the syndrome is caused by an underproduction of an important protein in the brain. 

Living With Rett Syndrome
Girls with Rett syndrome tend to have high brain functioning, but cannot use their hands or talk-making it very difficult to communicate their thoughts-or walk. One Rett syndrome girl, Dani, writes: “When I was a little girl, I really liked school… [but] I was losing a lot of skills because of the Rett. Nobody seemed to know what to do with me, I started to hate school.” As time goes on, Retts sufferers lose more and more abilities, which is undeniably frustrating and disheartening.

EpilepsyPeople with Rett syndrome can also suffer from seizures. Dani also writes about hers: “I don’t jerk around like you might expect. Instead, I feel like I’m losing time, like I have a blank space in my memory.” Seizures range from absences, like Dani describes, to jerking, convulsions, or stiffening. 80% of people with Rett Syndrome also suffer from epilepsy

While the syndrome itself has no cure, seizures can be treated using anticonvulsant medication. Some doctors also suggest melatonin supplements to manage sleep disturbances. For those with Rett syndrome, managing seizures and assuring a high-quality of life are the most important types of treatment. 

If you or someone you know has Rett syndrome, they may benefit from a Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card. Simply click here or text CARD to 95577. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

By WHBlogger 
10/17/2015 

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Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rett-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20028086
https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/rett/conditioninfo/Pages/risk.aspx
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http://www.girlpower2cure.org/who-we-are/rett-syndrome.aspx
https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/syndromes/rett-syndrome
http://patient.info/doctor/rett-syndrome

Adam, 14

I wish to go to the aquarium and San Diego Zoo

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Our Representatives: A Force for Good

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

page 1 leftYesterday, someone asked me a great question: “What gets a team member recognized at Watertree Health?” The best way to get praise in this company has been the same since Matt Herfield founded Watertree Health…provide a high quality of service to your fellow team members, the company, and most importantly, the people in your community who need help paying for their medicines.

Today, I want to recognize the hard work our Representatives do to build healthier communities. It is truly rare to have a “service” force of “helping personalities” who are making an impact locally. Because of their dedication to our mission, we are able to help even more people afford their prescriptions and get healthier. 

It is reported that 1 in 4 people struggle to pay for their medications in the United States. Our Watertree Health Representatives are going to help change that harrowing statistic. Therefore, it is our objective to have a Rep in every community in the United States within 3 years. So, why might it take 3 years? Although strength in numbers is important, what’s more important is finding the right people who are dedicated to our mission and are looking to be a force of good in their area.

There are Reps who have gone above and beyond in their communities to provide a high quality of service, and embody the helping-culture of our company every day. That’s why we started programs such as the President’s Club (PC) and MVP Club. This year, the 31 President’s Club members were challenged to bring at least one like-minded individual to the PC next year. I would also like to challenge every Rep in this company to find people who want to join in our mission. By building the strongest team possible at Watertree Health, we can build even stronger communities with the cycle of health improved for everyone.

Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Anita Dameron

Continuing Series…
anita_smallAnita Dameron, in western North Carolina, is a fighter—not only for herself and her two daughters, but also for the people in her community.

Her strength has carried her through hardships as a small business owner during the economic downturn in 2008, and today she is one of our top Representatives and a member of the MVP Club.

As Anita says, “You cannot enjoy the highest mountain until you’ve been in the lowest valley.”

It’s easy to lose sight of purpose when times get tough. But Anita’s strong-will, tenacity, and background in nursing, social work, and health insurance sales have all lead her to Watertree Health, and allowed her to reclaim a temporarily lost purpose.

When Anita first started visiting her pharmacies, she realized that people are willing to do good for others—not everyone is acting in their own self-interest. “I believe Watertree Health has been sent to me to remind me that I do have a purpose.”

Watertree Health may have provided some tools, but we know that Anita’s obvious caring nature and beautiful, friendly smile instantly open ears and eyes when she visits pharmacies. Her manager, Eric Beaumont shared, “Her passion and heart are her secret to success. It’s something she shares with everyone. Individuals feel the passion and commitment though her voice, and she has gotten people to feel what we do as a company—we’re here to help people.”

WH_MVP_LOGO_web_smallNot only is Anita making a huge impact in our company, but also in her community. Her passion has created a ripple effect that’s been embraced by pharmacies throughout North Carolina. Anita shared one story about a Pharmacy Technician who had lost her mother to cancer. One of her last requests was to do a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® and grant a wish for a child. The Technician now keeps the Make-A-Wish card close to her heart, and views it as her way of giving back to Make-A-Wish. As Anita says, “This is my good karma job.”

Congratulations Anita, and thank you for all that you do for your community, Make-A-Wish, and fellow Representatives. You said it best: “The fortune is what you feel inside.” We feel so fortunate to have you on our team!

By WHBlogger 

10/13/2015 

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Living with Celiac Disease

An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or around 1% of the U.S. population, has Celiac Disease. About 83% of them don’t know they have it. By understanding how Celiac Disease affects the body and its symptoms, those who may be a “Celiac” can seek proper care under medical supervision.
what-is-c-diseasecontentCeliac Disease is a genetic immune disorder. Those with a parent, sibling, or child with this illness have a 1 in 10 chance of developing it themselves. 

When someone with Celiac Disease ingests gluten in the form of wheat, rye, barley, and other specific grains, their immune system begins to attack the small intestine. It’s often painful and can cause long-term damage to the small intestine, interfering with its ability to absorb other nutrients. Over time, attacks may lead to autoimmune disorders, anemia, infertility or intestinal cancer.
symptomsCeliac Disease sufferers often deal with pain, bloating, and fatigue. Unless you adhere to a strict gluten-free diet, consuming it, even accidentally, may cause a lot of issues.

gluten-tiredOne gluten sufferer noted: “Our ‘tired’ when we’re ‘glutened’ is not the same ‘tired’ that you feel. There should really be a new word invented for the ‘gluten tired’.” It’s been reported that just one gluten incident can cause symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, exhaustion and mood swings lingering for weeks. 
stop-eating-glutenIt’s difficult to just stop eating gluten. Most processed foods contain it. Also, while there are thousands of products that claim to not contain this ingredient, many still have hidden traces of gluten. 

One Celiac sufferer recounts a story about how she “glutened” herself by accident with a bag of popcorn that proudly displayed “gluten free” on the front: “It was my fault for not turning the package over… and searching for those magic words ‘processed in a facility with wheat.’ Maybe I was tired normalof 
being careful. Maybe I just wanted to feel normal.” 
The handful of popcorn she ate caused almost two weeks of headaches and general malaise

Celiacs also have to monitor foods similar to those containing gluten, such as rice or corn, to ensure that they don’t have reactions to them. They have to be their own investigators and nutritionists given their symptoms go far beyond the more common gluten intolerances we hear about today.  wh-helpIf you have Celiac Disease, you may benefit from a Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card.  Doctors may prescribe prednisone, methylprednisolone, Medrol, DexPak, Orapred, or other medications in the event of a gluten reaction. These medicines may be discounted with our card. To look up the drug savings, visit Wtree.us/SavingsTool. To get a card, text CARD to 95577, or click here.
 
By WHBlogger 
10/11/2015 

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Sources:

http://www.celiaccentral.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/http://glutendude.com/celiac/whats-it-like-to-have-celiac-diease/http://inspiredrd.com/2012/10/what-celiac-disease-is-really-like/https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/
http://glutendude.com/celiac/whats-it-like-to-have-celiac-diease/

Reviewed: 5/15/18