Mind & Body

Mind & Body

Mind & Body

Film Explores Thyroid Disease

The award-winning documentary ‘Sick to Death!’ will screen at the Oldcastle Theatre on Saturday, May 5, at 5 p.m. This first-of-its-kind film shows the filmmaker’s personal struggle with thyroid disease and the medical confusion and negligence that surrounds it. It received a Guggenheim Award and three Impact Doc Awards prior to its world premiere of sold-out screenings at the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival.

In the film, New Orleans filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West unflinchingly exposes her 30-year struggle to regain her health. “I cried when I realized I should have been diagnosed as a child, but when I realized that millions of people were sick, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed despite medical information being available, I was angry and change became my mission,” she said. “The purpose of the film is to expose the problem through many people’s stories, experts, historians and statistical data.” ‘Sick to Death!’ is both a call-to-action and a quirky, raw film which examines the maze most patients face in seeking treatment in today’s disturbing medical reality. This film uses thyroid disease as a metaphor for all illnesses and provides the viewer a roadmap for how to negotiate their individual health challenges.

Over the course of her career, Maggie Hadleigh-West has been internationally recognized as an activist, independent filmmaker, public speaker and the founder of YoMaggie Productions. ‘Sick to Death!’ is her fifth film. Her fourth film and second feature documentary, ‘Player Hating: A Love Story,’ follows the life of hip-hop artist Half-a-Mill as he struggles to escape ghetto obscurity for fame. Her well-known feature-length documentary, ‘War Zone,’ covers the public harassment of women, turning the lens of her camera on her harassers. Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main Street in downtown Bennington.

VNA February Clinics

VNA blood pressure and foot clinics, below, are $10. No appointment is necessary. For details, call 802-775-0568. Tuesday, May 1: Forest Dale, Brandon Senior Center, 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 2: Wallingford, Wallingford House, 10:30 a.m.; Bennington, Bennington Senior Center, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3: Rutland, Parker House, 10 a.m. Friday, May 4: Poultney, Young at Heart Senior Center, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 8: Manchester Office, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9: Rutland, Templewood Court, 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10: Benson, Benson Heights, 10 a.m.; Castleton, Castleton Meadows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15: Brandon, Conant Square, 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16: Dorset Office, 8:30 a.m.; Rutland, Sheldon Towers, 9 a.m.; Rutland, Linden Terrace, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17: Rutland, Maple Village, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30: Rutland, Godnick Adult Center, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31: North Clarendon, North Clarendon Community Center, 12:30 p.m.

VNA also offers monthly cholesterol screenings for $30. Clinics held at the Rutland Office are the first Wednesday of every month; call 802-775-0568 for an appointment. Clinics held at the Dorset Office are the third Wednesday of every month; call 802-362-1200 for an appointment.

A monthly Bereavement Group is held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland with Chaplain Andrew Carlson facilitating. The group is free and open to the public; contact Andrew at 802-770-1613.

Mental Health First Aid Course

The Warren Washington County Council for Prevention is offering free Mental Health First Aid Training on Saturday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Salem, N.Y. Participants will learn risk factors and warning signs as well as information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance abuse and evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources. Part of this course deals with youth mental health, so adults working with adolescents ages 12 to 18 are especially encouraged to attend. You can register at afsp.wufoo.com. Lunch is included. This event is sponsored by the Salem Rotary Club, the Salem Opioid-Recovery Task Force and the Council for Prevention.

Self Discovery Class at RRMC

Are you curious about how you arrived at this place in your life? Begin to discover your patterns and beliefs, where they came from, and how rethink and retell your story in new ways to create a happier life in a class of self-discovery on Thursday, May 17. (No writing skill is required.) Taught by certified life coach Bonnie Olson, the class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland. The cost to participate is $10. Scholarships are available based on need. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or go to the website at rrmc.org/classes-events.

Talk to Address Long-Term Care Insurance

When you think about long-term care, what comes to mind? Most people respond ‘nursing home.’ Kieran McKenna, an expert in long-term care insurance, says long-term care is predominantly home care, and whether you eventually reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or remain at home, you can plan for the expense now with a long-term care insurance policy. She will be at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections on Tuesday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss options to fund long-term care. These include self-funding; traditional long-term care policies; hybrids which include life insurance with long term care; life insurance with riders attached to use for long-term care and an annuity with a long term care component. There is no charge to attend, but call 802-824-4343 to register. The Meeting Place is located in Londonderry’s Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office. To find out more, go to neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org.

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