BRAZOS VALLEY LATEST NEWS

April 8, 2013

4th Annual Blues, Bluebonnets & BBQ

The City of Navasota is hosting the 4th Annual Blues, Bluebonnets & BBQ event April 13
April 8, 2013

Euclid String Quartet To Perform in Bryan

The acclaimed Euclid Quartet is scheduled to perform a free concert at Bryan’s First Presbyterian Church Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30pm.
April 8, 2013

Saturday: 4th Annual Downtown Street and Art Fair

Downtown Bryan Association, in partnership with The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, will host the 4th Annual Downtown Street and Art Fair on Saturday, April 13, from 10am-6pm in the 200 block of W. 26th Street in conjunction with Texas A&M’s Parents Weekend.
April 4, 2013

How to Talk To Your Doctor

6 Simple Steps Before Your Appointment

Going to the doctor can be stressful. Patients often don’t know what questions to ask or are intimidated by communicating with their doctor or healthcare provider. Open communication is a key component to having a successful doctor’s visit. There are some simple steps to safeguard your health while making talking with your doctor or care provider more comfortable.

April 4, 2013

Understanding the Affordable Healthcare Act

The Affordable Healthcare Act is 947 pages long.

This is a brief overview to better understanding how and when it will change healthcare in the U.S.

April 4, 2013

Lupus, Steroid Induced Psychosis and Navigating Healthcare

patient (n.)

“suffering or sick person under medical treatment,” late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience).

I saw the opening maw of hell – Herman Melville

On November 15, I dropped into the medical maw. It wasn’t as dramatic as Melville’s “opening maw of hell,” but it felt insatiable: appointments, labs, questions; online research; more appointments and labs; drug side effects; more research. Followed by more doctors, more second opinions, conflicting medical advice. More drug side effects. For a story with a “happier ever after” ending, it sounds fraught. In fact, there have been many positive insights gained and there are good medical results to report. But the central story here isn’t really one person’s diagnosis with lupus at age 53 and subsequent side trip into Steroid Induced Psychosis; it’s about health, our medical system and some ways to make sure the two are working for you, not against you.

April 4, 2013

Join CLUB 365

Make a Difference Every Day of the Year

Life as a single mother of three children is difficult. Add in a disability and your children’s sudden problems with school, and life becomes a real struggle. Enter Project Unity, a non-profit organization that has been helping people in our community since 1995. Project Unity’s mission is to help people in need lead a productive life, often despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles by providing direct services and also by linking clients to other services when appropriate.

April 4, 2013

My Story: An Unplanned Pregnancy … and Finding Hope

This is my story of an unplanned pregnancy … and hope.

I always imagined growing up and attending Texas A&M. When my acceptance letter arrived my senior year, my dreams became a reality. Attending Fish Camp, freshman orientation, packing up all my possessions, officially starting classes – everything was going exactly how I planned.

April 4, 2013

A Fond Farewell: Jess Wade’s Final Chorale Concert

On May 5, Jess Wade will mark 25 years as director of the Brazos Valley Chorale with a farewell concert. This is a conversation about that milestone.

Some 25 years ago, a jet-haired Jess Wade arrived in the Brazos Valley. Soon, as well as directing choruses at Texas A&M University, Wade became artistic director and conductor of the community-wide Brazos Valley Chorale. This spring the now silver-haired Wade is to conduct his last concert of the BV Chorale before retirement. Wade looks back at his quarter century directing the chorale and forward to his farewell concert, to be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.

April 4, 2013

Filmmakers tell a Hymn’s history to share a story of faith

After college, Stacie Graber taught homeschool students and organized a summer drama camp. She taught piano and drama lessons in the area. Along the way, she decided to teach and spread a specific message: that God’s love is not denying. To do that, Graber began work on a film she named “Indescribable.”
April 4, 2013

You’re the Tops Luncheon Honors ’13 in 13′

On April 27, the Prenatal Clinic will pause in its daily mission of ensuring every pregnant mother and unborn baby receive the medical care they need to be healthy to recognize “13 in 13” at the annual You’re the Tops luncheon.
April 4, 2013

Don’t Miss Event: Party with the Power of the Purse

Designer handbags, sunglasses and jewelry from $20 to $2,000 … sound like your kind of event?

When the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center (BVRC) hosts the annual Power of the Purse fundraiser, it’s a night of bling and swing that includes firemen modeling purses, a live and silent auction and great food.

April 4, 2013

Coach Gary Blair’s Annual Celebrity Golf Classic

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Coach Gary Blair’s Annual Celebrity Golf Classic benefitting Special Olympics Texas. You can join him in the celebration on May 2-3.
 
April 4, 2013

Publisher’s Desk

This month’s cover story is both about lupus, which is not uncommon but is not well understood, and about a side trip into Steroid Induced Psychosis, which is very uncommon but which can affect anyone taking even a dose pack of prednisone, so worth sharing. More than that, it is meant as a guide to surviving the medical maw – dropped from daily life into the healthcare system – from both the doctor’s point of view as he
April 2, 2013

Downtown Bryan Celebrates Women Artists

The Kyle House, The Frame Gallery, Square One & Art 979 Gallery @ The Village are coming together to present over 15 women artists to the Brazos Valley during April & May. An artist reception will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on April 4 at Kyle House.