Since our Nina passed away, and because of our advocacy for epilepsy we often receive calls from people who have a relative  or a friend who unexpectedly comes down with a seizure.

For instance, we received a call from a mother whose son had fallen down the stairs and hit his head. The young man was having 10 to 20 seizures a day. The local neurologist did his best but was unequipped to do all the tests necessary for a through diagnosis. Read more…

2017 Top Rated Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery Why is this important for you to know!

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The Society held it first meeting of the year this month and chose to honor Nina’s Foundation and all those who suffer from this devastating disease by holding a raffle and donating the proceeds to this worthwhile cause. Read more…

2016 Issues:
“The Dr. Alfonsina Q. Davies Epilepsy Foundation Newsletter

December 2016
Notes About Giving

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January 2016, Insert    What is Epilepsy, eHealth MD
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January 2016 Newsletter  The Future Depends on What you do today + Test Your Knowledge
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February 2016 Newsletter   3 Million Americans Need Your Help.  Here is why
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March 2016  Special Request   You can start changing the lives of three million Americans-
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April 2016 Newsletter     Bullied Because of Epilepsy
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May 2016 Research Update: The Dr. Alfsonsina Q. Davies Endowed Chair For Epilepsy Research in Honor of Paul Crandall, M.D.  by Dr. Gary Mathern
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June 2016. Newsletter    “No Man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
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September, 2016.  THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE FIGHT AGAINST EPILEPSY! (Welcome Newsletter to new signups.
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October, 2016     Quick Facts about Epilepsy A Must read for All!!
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October, 2016Quick Facts about Epilepsy, the attachment.
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A Review of  “LOVE TEARS AND SALT”,  Amazon Website

A Long Journey
By Melvin R. Nelson on May 19, 2015

Amazing saga of the difficulties and losses suffered due to the Spanish Civil War and the rejection and confusion of family – seemingly overwhelming odds. Nadia persevered throughout great sadness with tremendous will and resilience. Despite the death of her oldest daughter and the separation from her youngest child she continues to contribute to society, championing education and helping children, as well as establishing a charity for epilepsy.

Two teachers changed my life. My brilliant and charismatic 8th-grade English teacher at John F. Kennedy Junior High School in Cupertino, Mr. Garland, taught us how literature could allow us to see the world through the eyes of another person, and bring us closer together. He also taught us how to write—to start with the grabber sentence that caught the reader’s attention; to craft each paragraph to flow gracefully into the next; to carefully choose each word not just for clarity, but also for how it touched the heart; and to finish with a slam-bang wrap-up.

In 2011, I wrote an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee about how Sara Kruzan had been forced into prostitution at the age of 13, how she had shot to death her pimp in self defense at the age of 16, and how she had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. That op-ed caught the attention of Attorney General Kamala Harris, who asked to have the case re-opened, resulting in the prison gates miraculously opening for Sara. The case ultimately influenced the U.S. Supreme Court, which, in 2012, declared sentences of life without parole for juveniles unconstitutional.

Words, and ideas, had taken flight—thanks to Mr. Garland.  In 9th grade, at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, when I first walked into the classroom of  Mrs. Davies, little did I realize that neither I nor the other students would speak a word of English again in her
Spanish class for the next two years. Mrs. Davies had grown up in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, and she taught us how the Lincoln Brigade of volunteer Americans had fought the good fight against the fascists and Nazis in Spain, but tragically lost. And she inspired us, like Don Quixote in the epic tale of Cervantes, to “Dream the Impossible Dream.”

I am a physician, and every day I treat my Hispanic patients in their own language, allowing them to express not only their deepest concerns about their health in intimate terms, but to share with me their dreams and aspirations for their childrens’ educations and their futures. Another lengua, or language, has allowed me to reach people of another culture—thanks to Mrs. Davies.

An inspiring teacher can transform the life of a student. Tragically, however, the opposite is also true—a single incompetent teacher can ruin a life, driving an adolescent to dropping out and prison.

When I was a kid, our schools were run by school boards that could hire the best teachers and ask the worst to leave. Now, California’s public schools are run by the teachers unions, and have lost all supervision of the teachers. Seniority counts for everything.

Why does seniority count for so much, and merit for so lttle? Why can’t school boards, parents, and even students have more to say about which teachers are retained?

Nothing can ever be more precious, no one more loved, than our children. It is time now for a Lincoln Brigade of parents to fight to reclaim our schools—and this time ! vamos a ganar!

Editing notes—the first of the two exclamation points in Spanish is supposed to be upside-down.

The word “lengua” is intended to be italisized, as is the phrase !y vamos a ganar!

And Junior High Schools have become “Middle Schools.” My own vote would be to use the old term, but I don’t feel strongly about it.

Alan Bonsteel, M.D, is president of California Parents for Educational Choice.

Alan Bonsteel
294 Cecilia Way
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 982-6403
abonsteel@earthlink.net

I would highly recommend to everyone on this planet to read the remarkable and very moving and inspiring book “Love, sweat, and tears.”

It is written by the best teacher I have ever had, Nadia Davies, my high school Spanish teacher, who taught me so well that I now speak Spanish every day to my patients in my work as a family doctor.

She also taught me many lessons in life: To aim high; To never give up; and to always look for the best in others, no matter how cleverly hidden.

Last year I wrote the enclosed op-ed about Mrs. Davies, which was published in the San Jose Mercury News. It had the happy effect of reuniting me with Mrs. Davies after years apart.

Again, I can’t recommend “Love, Tears, and Salt strongly enough to everyone.

Sincerely,

Alan Bonsteel, M.D.

Would You Tangle With This Woman?

Our Nina passed away four years ago from Epilepsy (SUDEP). The commitment of our government agencies to provide resources for research into the causes and treatments, including the pharmaceutical and psychosocial sides is a national disgrace.  Read more…

 

 

An Unfinished Life,
Since our Nina Passed away, we have received a number of communications about Nina from those that are close friends, and others that we just met. This Newsletter  has two of them.  Take the time to read these remarkable comments.   

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