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(...and have a look at diaries published at KosAbility since last Sunday's  discussion - some valuable information and viewpoints.)

          April 6 - OPEN THREAD NIGHT
          April 13 - postmodernista & mettle fatigue working title: "Quick Notes from the Patient Safety Movement & postmodernista's Dad's Case Study."
          April 20 - JrCrone "Am I Disabled? Or Am I a Child?"
          April 27 - bigjacbigjacbigjac working title: ""Normal is Just a Setting on the Washing Machine"
          May 4 - OPEN THREAD NIGHT
          May 11 - your diary here
          May 18 - mettle fatigue "Directory of the Health/Medical&Related Groups in Daily Kos" with links & profiles/statements-of-purpose
          May 25 - your diary here
          June 1 - OPEN THREAD NIGHT

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

     ...an annual campaign ...coordinated by the NSVRC with assistance from ...state, territory, tribal and community-based organizations, rape crisis centers, government agencies, businesses, campuses and individuals ... throughout the United States... to educate communities and individuals [by events and activities to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
and Nat'l Child Abuse Prevention Month, Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, Autism Awareness Month; April 7 is World Health Day, April 22 is world Earth Day and the "last Friday of April in some states in the United States" is Arbor Day. Any or all of these can be instant topics at the Open Thread Night this Sunday, or anything else related to health (human or planetary or other) or a diary topic for April 27.

May will be Awareness Month for Lyme Disease, Celiac Disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Mental Health, and ALS/Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease . May 12 is International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND), including Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. MAY 12 and 25 are open for diaries on any of the above or related issues. We gladly co-host/co-post with other groups, and other diaries.

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