http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgTeam Josiah participated in the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure 5K Walk” on June 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to raise awareness and funds for a diabetes cure. The team is named after Josiah Wright, far left, and raised $875 for the ADA. COURTESY
Team Josiah participated in the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure 5K Walk” on June 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to raise awareness and funds for a diabetes cure. The team is named after Josiah Wright, far left, and raised $875 for the ADA. COURTESY

Team Josiah fundraises for diabetes awareness

Josiah Wright participates in the festivities of the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure 5K Walk” on June 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wright, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2016, said the main reason he wanted to participate was to raise funds for a cure. COURTESY Team Josiah had 18 participants, 11 of whom were under the age of 15. The team had the largest group of children participating. COURTESY
Josiah Wright participates in the festivities of the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure 5K Walk” on June 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wright, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2016, said the main reason he wanted to participate was to raise funds for a cure. COURTESY
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Reporter – @cp_bbennett
06/19/2017 08:30 AM
TULSA, Okla. – It’s been more than a year since 10-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen Josiah Wright was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, but that didn’t stop him from recently walking a 5K and raising $875 for the American Diabetes Association.

“It’s important to find a cure for diabetes,” said Wright, who indicated that was the driving factor for walking in the ADA’s “Tour de Cure 5k Walk” on June 3.

Normally a bicycle event, this year it was expanded to include the walk.

It was Wright’s mother, Lila Bark, who came up with the idea to participate after contacting the ADA for more ways to get involved.

“Josiah has been diagnosed for over a year, and his first year was quite a learning experience and still is,” Bark said. “I wanted us to get involved to show Josiah there are people who want to find a cure and support the cause.”

The family put together Team Josiah consisting of 18 individuals, 11 of them being under the age of 15.

“I felt honored and appreciated all the people that came to walk with me,” Wright said.

The family also found other ways to raise money, including selling candy bars, #TeamJosiah T-shirts and hosting a yard sale.

Wright learned he was a Type 1 diabetic in January 2016 after bladder issues led him to the CN’s A-Mo Health Center in Salina, where doctors discovered his blood glucose level was 324.

A normal blood glucose range is around 100 or less, according to the ADA.

Wright was immediately referred to Laura Chalmers of the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, who gave the diagnosis to the family.

“I was heartbroken,” Bark said. “Still now as I talk about it with people I get teary eyed and emotional, but I am better than I was on that day. It was hard to take in, that your child will have to live with this disease for the rest of his life or until a cure is found.”

Since the diagnosis, the family has altered its lifestyle drastically by monitoring food intake and making exercise a priority.

“I now have to watch what I eat, especially the carbs,” Wright, who is on a special carbohydrate diet, said. “I have to remember to check my sugar and take my insulin before I eat. I eat more vegetables, less pasta and less junk food. I try to put in an hour of physical activity daily.”

Mother and son are also reaching out to groups through Facebook for support and advice, though Bark admits it is difficult finding children who are Type 1.

According to the ADA, only 5 percent of all diabetics are Type 1. For those with the condition, the body does not produce insulin naturally. Insulin is a hormone required to move glucose, a source of energy, from the bloodstream into cells.

“I met another parent through a friend from work whose son is T1, so gradually I am slowly meeting people, but the community around us is very small,” she said. “I would love to start a support group locally or even get involved with the support groups in Tulsa eventually.”

Until then, the family plans to keep participating in 5Ks to raise awareness.

“It was a fun experience and will be a yearly event we participate in,” Bark said. “We hope our fundraising and group get larger every year.”

For more information on diabetes, its symptoms and how to manage it, visit www.diabetes.org.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏔᎳᏏ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᏦ. – ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Josiah Wright ᎠᏥᏃᎯᏎᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ Type 1 ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᏪᎲ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎴᏫᏍᏔᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ 5K ᎠᎴ ᎤᏩᏟᏌᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ 875.00 ᎢᎦᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᎢᎦ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏛ ᎠᏩᏛᏗ ᏙᎯ ᎢᎬᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Wright, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎬᏩᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ADA’S “Tour de Cure 5k Walk” ᎾᎿ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᏦᎢᏁᎢ.

ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎨᏒ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏓᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎪ, ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ ᎤᎾᎪᏔᏅ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎪ ᏃᏊ.

ᎾᏍᎩ Wright ᎤᏥ ᎨᏒ, Lila Bark, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏚᏟᏃᎮᏔᏅ ADA ᎤᎪᏛ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛ ᎨᏒᎢ.

Josiah ᏣᏥᏩᏛᎡᎸ Ꮓ` ᏥᎩ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᏩᏍᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bark. “ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏇᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᏥᎪᏩᏛᏙᏗ Josiah ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏕᎵ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ.”

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᏅᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᏢᎩ ᎨᏒ Josiah ᎤᎾᏓᏢᎩ ᏁᎳᏚ ᏯᏂ ᎠᏂᏏᏭᏫᎭ, ᏌᏚ ᏯᏂ ᎡᎳᏗᏢ ᎢᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎾᏃ ᏍᎩᏚᎩ.

ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎩᏱᎸᏒ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎷᏨ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏒ ᎢᏧᎳᎭᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Wright.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᏕᎸ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ ᏗᏐᎢ ᎢᎬᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏩᏛᏗᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᏗᎦᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ, #ᎤᏓᏢᎩ Josiah T-ᏗᎾᏬ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏔᏅ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏓᏂᎾᏕᎬᎢ.

Wright ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎾᏍᎩ Type ᏌᏊ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏧᎧᎸᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏓᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᏨᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏂᎶᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏴᏢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎼᎯ ᏙᎯ ᎠᏰᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎤᏬᎷᏩᏛᎮᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᎵᏌᎵᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᎩᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎨᏒ 324.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏃᎵᏎᎵᏓᏁᎲᎾ ᏱᎩ ᏥᎵᏎᏥ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎳᏗᏢ , ᎧᎵ ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎲ ADA.

Wright ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏟᏍᏛ ᏩᏥᎧᏅ Laura Chalmers of the Harold Hamm ᎣᎸᎵᎰᎹ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎠᏰᏟ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ.

“ᎡᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏅ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bark. “Ꮟ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏯᎩᏃᎮᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ Ꮟ ᎡᎯᏍᏗ ᏥᏰᎸᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᏆᏟᏂᎪᏍᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᎢᎦ ᎠᏍᏓᏴ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏅᏒᏗ ᏣᎧᎲ ᎠᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏓᏂᎵ ᏯᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏂᎦᏒᎾ ᏍᏓᏱᏳ.”

ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᏟᏴᏌ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏟᎶᏍᎬ ᎠᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᎨᏒ exercise.

“”ᏃᏊᏃ ᎠᏆᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏥᎩᏍᎬᎢ, ᎢᎦ carbs ᏥᎩᏍᎬᎢ,” Wright, ᎠᏑᏰᏓ ᎨᏐ ᎤᎩᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᏪᏎᎰᎢ carbohydrate ᎠᎩᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏩᏌ. “ᎠᏆᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎩᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎠᎴ insulin Ꮟ ᎾᏆᎵᏍᏓᏴᏅᏂ. ᎤᎪᏙ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᏥᎩᏍᎪ, ᎠᎦᏲᏠ ᏑᎩᏓ ᎪᏢᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ. ᎦᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏆᎵᏖᎸᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ.”

ᎤᏓᏥ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏪᏣ ᎠᏧᏣ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᎾᎿ Facebook ᎾᎿ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏁᏲᏗ, ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᏍᏓᏲ ᏗᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᎿ Type 1 ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ADA ᎨᏒ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩ percent ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎾᎿ Type 1 ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ, ᎠᏂᏰᎸ Ꮭ ᏯᏙᏢᏍᎪ insulin ᎤᏩᏌ. Insulin ᎾᏍᎩ hormone ᎯᎠ ᎠᎲᏍᎩ glucose, ᎠᏓᏟᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗᏍᎩ, ᎾᏳ ᎩᎦ ᎡᏙᎲ ᏩᏟᎦ cells ᎨᏒᎢ.

ᏐᎢ ᎩᎶ ᏙᎩᎾᏙᎵᏨ ᎤᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎣᎩᎾᎵ ᏦᎩᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎪᎵᎦ ᎨᏒ ᎩᎶ ᎤᏪᏣ ᎠᏧᏣ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏠᏯ T1, ᏙᎢ ᎤᏟᎵᎸᏓ ᎦᏥᏲᎵᎦ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᏗ ᏗᏥᏟᏐᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎲᏂ ᎾᎥ ᎠᎴᏱᎦ ᎦᏥᏖᎳᏕᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏗᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎳᏏ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏱᎩ.”

ᎠᏎᏃ ᏃᏊ ᎨᏒ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎨᏙᎰ ᎾᏍᎩ 5Ks ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗᎢ.

“ᎤᏬᎸᏗᏃ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎣᏤᏙᎮᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bark. ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎣᏥᏟᏏᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎤᏔᏃᎯᏍᏗ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒᎢ.”

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ, ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏛᏁᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ, visit www.diabetes.org.

About the Author
Brittney Bennett is from Colcord, Oklahoma, and a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band.  She is a 2011 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and summa cum laude honors.
 
While in college, Brittney became involved with the Native American Journalists Association and was an inaugural NAJA student fellow in 2014. Continued mentorship from NAJA members and the willingness to give Natives a voice led her to accept a multimedia internship with the Cherokee Phoenix after college.  
 
She left the Cherokee Phoenix in early 2016 before being selected as a Knight-CUNYJ Fellow in New York City later that same year. During the fellowship, she received training from industry professionals with The New York Times and instructors at the City University of New York. As part of the program, she completed a social media internship with USA Today’s editorial department.
 
Now that Brittney has made her way back to the Cherokee Phoenix, she hopes to use the experience gained from her travels to benefit Indian Country and the Cherokee people.
brittney-bennett@cherokee.org • 918-453-5560
Brittney Bennett is from Colcord, Oklahoma, and a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band. She is a 2011 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and summa cum laude honors. While in college, Brittney became involved with the Native American Journalists Association and was an inaugural NAJA student fellow in 2014. Continued mentorship from NAJA members and the willingness to give Natives a voice led her to accept a multimedia internship with the Cherokee Phoenix after college. She left the Cherokee Phoenix in early 2016 before being selected as a Knight-CUNYJ Fellow in New York City later that same year. During the fellowship, she received training from industry professionals with The New York Times and instructors at the City University of New York. As part of the program, she completed a social media internship with USA Today’s editorial department. Now that Brittney has made her way back to the Cherokee Phoenix, she hopes to use the experience gained from her travels to benefit Indian Country and the Cherokee people.

Health

BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Reporter – @cp_bbennett
05/25/2018 08:30 AM
SALINA – Proper diets reflecting the onset of puberty and growth for children ages 9-12 and teenagers should be a critical focus for parents, said Cherokee Nation Clinical Dietitian Tonya Swim. “Encouraging healthy choices to help provide adequate energy for growth and development should be the focus,” Swim said. “There is a change that not getting adequate nutrients can result in deficiencies, which could lead to loss of height, osteoporosis and delayed sexual maturation.” Swim recommends establishing healthy habits early for children, including breakfast. “Having a healthy breakfast enhances brain function related to memory, testing and school attendance. Having a high-fiber breakfast with protein, fruit and a low-fat dairy is a great way to start the day off. An example of this could be a whole-grain English muffin with an egg patty prepared using a cooking spray and sliced avocado – the perfect quick breakfast sandwich.” As children mature into teenagers, Swim said they need diets that provide proper nutrients and fuel. “Many teens will double their weight and can add up to 20 percent in height, and they need to make sure and get enough nutrients like calcium to support healthy bone growth. Teens will continue to have growth spurts, and it’s important for them to remember that their body needs food to help fuel healthy growth, especially if they are an athlete. But food for fuel is also important for those active with music or art. Their brains are working to hardwire their ability to process the skills needed for all activities.” Parent should keep taste and appearance in mind when preparing meals, Swim said, as they seem to be important factors to teens. “Health and energy needs don’t matter so much to (teens), so as parents we need to provide those healthy choices in a way that is pleasing to eat and look at.” Staying hydrated is also important as children and teenagers begin participating in sports and other activities. Swim recommends drinking two, 8-ounce glasses of water two hours before an event, as well as sports drinks during and after an event as a way to stay hydrated. “Sports drinks provide fluid, carbohydrates and electrolytes during extreme exercise,” she said. “This helps provide fuel for muscles, help maintain blood sugar levels and quench thirst. They also help to prevent dehydration. For specifics on what you or your student-athlete need contact a registered dietitian who is a board-certified specialist in sports nutrition.” For families on the go to, Swim said planning is a way to keep eating healthy. “Every sporting event has a schedule. Take time once a week to map those out on a calendar and then sit down with the family to see who can help out where. Also, think about preparing extra on nights that you can cook. Then you just need to heat something up. Using the crockpot can be a lifesaver, then dinner is ready when you get home.” For late night events, she said prepare sandwiches when possible and keep snacks handy such as whole fruit, apples, bananas, oranges, walnuts, almonds and skim mozzarella string cheese. Swim said parents must also keep in mind that males and females mature differently and to alter their diets accordingly. “Because girls and boys mature at different ages and their growth spurts occur at different times, there are separate calorie needs. For example, as girls mature one place to focus would be on getting enough iron. The body uses iron to make hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cells that carry oxygen.” Swim said multi-grain rice with salmon and dark green salads are ways to add iron into meals, but recommends contacting a pediatrician or registered dietitian for diet needs.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/22/2018 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Sequoyah High School is once again participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Program. It will run May 29 through June 28, Monday through Thursday, at the SHS cafeteria. The program provides nutritious meals at no charge to children during summer vacation. Children aged 18 and under regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability are eligible to receive meals. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m. Adults may eat breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $4. The cafeteria is at 17091 S. Muskogee Ave. For more information, call 918-453-5190.
BY STAFF REPORTS
04/27/2018 04:00 PM
TULSA – Cherokee Nation clinical dietitian Tonya Swim was awarded “Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for Outstanding Career of Contributions to the Dietetics Profession” on April 19 at the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Convention. Swim, who works at the A-Mo Health Center in Salina, is involved with the OkAND organization as public relations and communication chairwoman and has helped increase its social media presence by promoting registered dietitians as nutrition experts and renewing a partnership with Oklahoma City Fox News by coordinating weekly cooking segments. She also served as chairwoman for the 2018 OkAND convention and chaired the event in 2016. As chairwoman, she worked to provide Oklahoma’s registered dietitians and dietetic technicians with opportunities for continuing education. “It was an honor and I am humbled to have received this award. I give most of the credit to the amazing group of dietitians in our state for helping my ideas become reality and to the wonderful company I work for in allowing me to grow as a dietician. I am so blessed with a supportive family who push me to be the best I can. Thank you to everyone,” Swim said.
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Reporter – @cp_bbennett
04/25/2018 09:30 AM
SALLISAW – When Cherokee Nation citizen Shacotah Sanders lost his hair after undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma last year, his mother, Tammie Simms, shaved her head in solidarity. “Chemotherapy is a really long process. It’s painful. It’s stressful. It’s really emotional because I lost all my hair,” Sanders said. “That was something I was really scared of right there, but the main thing that keeps me going is my mom. She’s like the only one that really keeps me going.” This familial support is once more a shoulder for Sanders to lie on because while his hair has grown back, so too have the cancerous spots in his neck. It is a possibility that he had accepted after going into remission in October. “I had prepared myself for it because there’s always that possibility that it could come back,” Sanders said. “Every three months I have a checkup, a PET scan, and we decided to do one in early March this year. We did it, waited about two weeks to get the results. We went back to my oncologist doctor, and he said that it came back, but it wasn’t as big as last time and not as bad. He said it was in the same spot and at the same stage, Stage 2.” Sanders began undergoing 22 rounds of radiation on April 3 to again battle the cancerous disease, which starts in the white blood cells called lymphocytes. It causes uncontrollable cell reproduction that can potentially invade other tissues throughout the body and disrupt normal tissue function, according to the American Cancer Society. Sanders travels from Sallisaw to Tahlequah’s Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center five days a week for his radiation sessions and will have checkups every three to six months after the treatments. “The radiation, they take you to a back room with a really big machine and you just lay on it, like a flat surface, and then they put a mesh mask over your face and tilt your head back so they can get to the spots where the cancer is. There’s no needles involved or anything. It’s just a big machine shooting radiation down on your body,” he said. The first time Sanders noticed something amiss with his health was in March 2017. “Every time I went running I noticed my breathing was off quite a bit, so I was just feeling around on my neck and I found these lumps on the right side of my neck, below my jaw. It was just affecting my breathing a lot, so I went to the doctor and had them check it out,” he said. After a PET scan and surgery, doctors removed two of Sanders’ lymph nodes. “They sent them off to be tested and they came back cancerous. They told me it was Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma and we started treatment last year in April,” Sanders said. Doctors prescribed Sanders four rounds of chemotherapy at Warren Clinic Medical Oncology in Tahlequah. “I was supposed to do four, but three rounds did it,” Sanders said. “During that time, I still went to work, and I didn’t feel good at all going to work, but I still worked my eight hours a day. I still went to work, put a smile on my face. I had a really good attitude about it.” Though the cancer has returned and forced Sanders to put classes at Carl Albert State College on hold while continuing to work, he remains positive and recommends anyone going through a diagnosis to do the same. “Just have a positive attitude about everything. Surround yourself with positive things, people, family and friends,” he said. Sanders has a GoFundMe account to help with expenses. To donate, visit <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/hodgkins-lymphoma-fight" target="_blank">www.gofundme.com/hodgkins-lymphoma-fight</a>. <strong>Symptoms and Info</strong> Possible symptoms of Hodgkin ymphoma include fever, drenching night sweats and weight loss constituting at least 10 percent of a person’s body weight over the course of six months, according to the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit <a href="www.cancer.org/cancer/hodgkin-lymphoma.html " target="_blank">www.cancer.org/cancer/hodgkin-lymphoma.html</a>.
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
04/20/2018 08:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State University’s Oklahoma College of Optometry goes back 39 years in its relationship with the Cherokee Nation and in providing Cherokees eye care. NSUOCO works with nine CN clinics, also known as Rural Eye Programs, in Tahlequah, Sallisaw, Stilwell, Jay, Salina, Vinita, Nowata, Muskogee and Ochelata and services 40,000 to 60,000 patients annually. Its first graduating class was in 1983 and has since averaged 28 graduates annually from its four-year doctorate program. The NSU campus clinic contains 20 exam rooms and specialty clinics for dry eye, contact lenses, low vision, vision therapy and infant vision clinic. If a REP is unable to provide a type of eye care, patients are sent to the NSU clinic for further evaluation and treatment. Nate Lighthizer, NSUOCO Continuing Medical Education director and doctor of optometry, said the college has seen patients from 2 months old to 102 years old. “We all have different vision needs. That’s one of the beauties of having a college is we have 35 faculty members that are either here, in (W.W.) Hastings (Hospital) or in the REPs, and a lot them have different interests. We have doctors that specialize in infant vision and vision therapy. They’re the expert in the 6-month-old and the 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-year-old. Other doctors, they’re the expert in the 80-year-olds,” Lighthizer said. He said students begin in “didactically heavy” classes, building foundations and learning about systemic diseases, eye diseases, procedures when giving primary care, looking at the eye with microscopes and other program aspects. He said students begin seeing patients at the end of the second year and into the third year. CN citizen and fourth-year student Seth Rich said he applied for the NSU program because of the experience it would give him treating patients by the time he graduates. “I’m from this area, so I wanted to serve basically in the population that I grew up in. Here at NSU we see more patients compared to any other optometry school by the time we graduate. We have more patient interactions that any other optometry school is going to have and more clinical experience because we start seeing patients a year early than most other schools,” he said. Rich said he also has experience using the REPs and seeing the eye care needs among Cherokees. “We deal with a lot of diabetic patients here at Cherokee Nation, and that has a really large effect on the eyes. Being able to be in this area and serve a population that has a huge need for us is a big deal because I personally have a lot of family ties to this area want to be in a community where I feel like I’m going to be contributing and giving back and helping the overall health of the population with health and exams,” he said. Rich said the program prepares students to “go out into the real world” and treat patients of any need. “I feel very confident going out into the population and serving basically anybody that walks in the door.” CN citizen Tara Comingdeer Fields, who is in her first year at NSUOCO, said she chose the program because of her area ties. “It’s not specifically just Cherokee Indians that I want to serve, but overall Native Americans. My background is I grew up in a traditional family, so the medicines and traditions that we did just kind of stuck with me, and now I want to help people.” Comingdeer Fields and Rich are recipients of Indian Health Services scholarships for optometry and will work under an IHS contract upon graduation. Lighthizer said CN citizens make up between 10 to 15 percent of the NSUOCO’s students and that it’s usually rewarding for a Cherokee to grow up using CN eye care services and then go through the program and become a provider. “It’s just a very mutually beneficial relationship between Cherokee Nation to be able to have all of these patients seen and then obviously for the education for students to be able to see patients and hone their skills.”
BY STAFF REPORTS
04/19/2018 04:00 PM
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. – The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, with a grant from the Comcast Foundation and in partnership with Cultivating Coders, is accepting applications for a national competition for Native youth to design a mobile app focusing on improving the health and nutrition of Native youth – designed by Native youth. The competition is open to individuals or teams of Native youth, ages 13-18, experienced in coding, design and digital media and/or mobile technology. Participants must submit a completed application with supporting documents that includes a four-page outline and video of the app. Contest applications will be accepted until July 1. Learn about the contest criteria, eligibility and application process at: <a href="http://www.nb3foundation.org/healthy-kids-healthy-futures-app-contest/" target="_blank">http://www.nb3foundation.org/healthy-kids-healthy-futures-app-contest/</a>. “The NB3 Foundation recognizes that more and more Native youth are using their mobile devices and APPs to track their physical activity, nutrition and even water intake. This competition is an integral step for the Foundation in the direction of connecting youth with technology to build healthier lifestyles,” NB3 Foundation President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann, said. The contest’s intent is to engage and challenge creative and tech-savvy Native youth from across Indian Country to think creatively, culturally and digitally about their diet, nutrition, exercise and fitness; and turn that knowledge into a solution or problem-solving mobile app that may be used by the NB3 Foundation. A panel of NB3 Foundation staff and experts will choose a first-, second- and third-place winners. The first-place winner will proceed to work with Cultivating Coders, a software company and social enterprise focused on priming the next generation of coders to develop, design and implement their own solutions to address their local challenges, to further develop the app into a minimum viable product. For more information or questions about the application process, email Simone Duran, NB3 Foundation program assistant, at <a href="mailto: simone@nb3f.org">simone@nb3f.org</a> or call 505-867-0775, ext. 104.