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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 Aug 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2019 19 YOUR SAY Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Angelo Mourikis Not his choice. Archbishop at the anti-abortion rally Nick Maroubra Up until 22 weeks, okay. More, I have a problem. The mother has had enough time to sort herself out. But I disagree with all the priests delaying this process. Our population will grow regardless and now, more than ever, couples need a home and good financial security to bring a child into the world. But for me, anything after 22 weeks is not acceptable... Open letter by Olympiacos Coach David Blatt Olympiacos coach David Blatt shared what life is like with PPMS for the first time since his diagnosis. Olympiacos head coach David Blatt, 60, wrote an open letter about his experience with PPMS (Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis) for the first time since he was diagnosed. The letter was published by the Greek team and stipulates that he will not retire regardless of his condition. Sometimes life throws things at you that really have no explanation or rhyme or reason. Those are moments when you have to make choices that test your true character. A few months ago I was diagnosed with PPMS (primary progressive multiple sclerosis). Τhis is a disease that has many forms and manifests itself in different ways to different people. It is an autoimmune system disease that can and does in many ways change your quality of life and ability to do even the most basic of functions in ways that have always seemed normal to you. When I got over the initial shock and pain of understanding how this would and could change my life from today going forward, I decided I wasn't giving in to anything. I was only going to adapt and adjust and find ways to continue my life as normally as possible. Τhe first thing I did was go back to my basketball coaching methodology of solving and overcoming difficulties… It's my three-step process. 1) What is the problem? 2) Why did it happen? 3) How do we fix it? Well, the problem is the PPMS, which in my case and in my age manifests itself primarily in the weakness of the legs, fatigue/balance and strength are real issues for me. I have taken on a specific regimen of strengthening and balance exercises as well as swimming and aquatic workouts to improve overall body conditioning and help with muscle pliability and motion. I try to be more active than less so even if it's simple movements so as not to allow the muscles to have spasms. I challenge myself to do simple functions that are easy for most but now are very taxing at times for me. I work. I maintain and I ask more from myself than less. Why did it happen? Well, the reason why one suffers from this illness is unknown. Given no particular cause or explanation, one is left to ac- Well, the reason why one suffers “ from this illness is unknown. Given no particular cause or explanation, one is left to accept that it is what it is and to focus on making the best of any and all available resources to improve one’s condition. cept that it is what it is and to focus on making the best of any and all available resources to improve one's condition. Today and going forward. It's easy to fall into mental depression and physical lethargy. This fight is real and constant and non-ending as there is no cure for this disease, but it is not lethal. There are many that have even greater challenges and all must fight their own battles. All must have courage and determination and never give up attitudes to move forward and live life with the greatest quality possible. Forget the why in this case. It's not an answerable question. focus on the next. How do we fix it? Well, we go to work. We make a plan. We work hard every day. We keep our head up. We adjust, adapt, modify and seek ways to improve or maintain. We educate ourselves. We find people we can share with and can help us. We are open and honest with ourselves and with others seeking awareness and not hiding or shying away from the perception of vulnerability… I have been blessed with the help of so many good and loving people. Those that support and assist and at the very least understand that while I look and function a little differently, I am still the same person. And they don't let me forget that fact even when I am a little down or discouraged. Selfpity doesn't do anything but foster and encourage a downward slide that is harder to get up from. I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people. Not being as agile or active doesn't affect my ability to do those things. I am fortunate. I have great doctors trainers physical therapists and management that accept my disabilities and help me overcome these. How could I possibly complain? I absolutely cannot and will not. It's wasted effort and while I ask my players and staff to be the best version of themselves, I must ask and even demand from myself to do the same. The great John Wooden once said, 'Things work out best for people who make the best of how things work out'. My condition is no picnic but many have it tougher. It's my responsibility to be an example for all to continue to live their life in the best way possible and to never, ever, ever give in or give up. David Blatt Nick Rodintsis Abortion is a very emotive issue for many people but one thing that is certain, regardless of one’s views, is that women should be at the front and centre of all decision making on this issue. That is something we should all agree on... James Dandalhs Another male church leader wanting to make a choice on behalf of women. The circumstances for each abortion are different and hence why medical professionals assist in the decision making process beyond 22 weeks. The parliament can’t reasonably predict what is necessary in each case. Hence why medical professionals are required to fill in the gaps... Nick Rodintsis James Dandalhs, exactly! Women should be leading debate and all decisionmaking on this. The sense of entitlement and privilege of some males over the women is unbelievable! Αλεξιος ΠαλασοπουλοςWomen in front okay, how about the unborn children? They are complete human beings with body and soul, they should not be convicted to death just because women should be in front. It’s not a “thing” that you just throw away. Nick Rodintsis Αλεξιος Παλασοπουλος so you’re saying that men should decide about pregnancy and unborn children rather than women? Αλεξιος Παλασοπουλος It has nothing to do with men and women. It has to do with respect with the ultimate gift of LIFE. And pregnancy does not “just happen” by “self insemination”. The unborn child can not defend itself at all, it is just convicted to death by the most brutal way. Nick Rodintsis Αλεξιος Παλασοπουλος perhaps you should start with respect to the women involved? I’m not advocating either for or against on this very nuanced topic, I’m saying women should be at the centre of decision making at all times. Chris Yiallouros Αλεξιος Παλασοπουλος you are making two assumptions that I for one do not share. 1. A fetus can not survive outside of the placenta, so it is not a complete human, but a developing bundle of cells. 2. The soul is a concept and there is no evidence of its existence. Having said that I acknowledge that abortion is very challenging and difficult. At the end of the day, believers will follow the structures of their religion. For others, it is a woman’s decision and depending on their relationships, they will no doubt confide in others. It is unlikely that they will confide in a priest for guidance if all they can expect is harsh moral judgement. Anna Hathis Αλεξιος Παλασοπουλος, do you eat meat? What is your stance on the asylum seekers languishing in hell in places like Manus Island or Lesvos? Penny Nicolis Amazing men advocating on women’s lives and situations. Women in the past were forced to backyard abortions, shunned shamed and ridiculed, their babies taken away if they were unwed mothers by law. How many women are subjects to violence? If the man doesn’t want it, (he) would bash her to lose it. How may fall pregnant to rape or molestation, having to carry a reminder of their torture? Or men that will desert them when they find out they’re pregnant and have no support or means of supporting the child? Or risks to the mother’s life, or the fetus has severe abnormalities and will suffer and not live long after birth? It’s not black and white. Women don’t choose abortion as a contraceptive, but as a last resort. This is women’s bodies and women’s lives. Let’s start with the law protecting the healthy wanted babies that are basically full term and wanted. Anna Hathis Keep religion out of politics. Already making a pest of himself. Pipe down mate. Sue Persa Thliveris Totally agree Anna Hathis ... men preaching, telling women what is right for us in this day and age. Get a grip. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here...
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