- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
More awareness needed about NF
To the editor:
May is NF Awareness Month. When my sister was 9 months old, she was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time. It can also cause blindness, deafness and learning difficulties as well as disfigurement.
In my perspective, more people should be educated about neurofibromatosis, because anyone could be diagnosed with it. My family and I have made a commitment to my sister, the NF Foundation and others with the disorder to help raise awareness.
My sister is a very lively girl and a very smart 5-year-old. I love her very much. We thank God every day that she does not have severe manifestations. People with neurofibromatosis have a life with no certainty about the future.
If you would like more information about neurofibromatosis, you many contact the national foundation at 1-800-848-NNFF or www.nf.org.