From Despair To Victory- Rwanda Inspires Millions

4 09 2012

As many of our readers are probably well aware of, the Paralympics are underway! Teams from all over the globe will compete in a multitude of sports, hoping to bring home a medal for their country. Among one of those teams is the team from Rwanda, a country that is still known for the 1994 genocide that took place there.

A slaughter of almost one million people that happened in a period of eight months during a civil war. Today, the country is still rebuilding from that tragic event. While emotional wounds are healing and government is getting back up on its feet, hundreds of thousands of citizens remain who are now amputees. Those who have survived the violence but are forever reminded of what happened. In day to day life, no one talks of the genocide anymore, and these victims walk the streets unseen and unheard. 

If you ask any member of the Rwanda volleyball team, they can recount the same horrible events. One player, Emile Vuningoma, started playing in 2009. He said he wasn’t necessarily comfortable with sitting volleyball at first, but it was a good game for people with disabilities. Born with his disability, his parents did not have enough money to pay for the medical treatment that may have saved his leg. He says that playing for this team has given him a sense of purpose that many disabled people in Rwanda have yet to find.

A player who was directly affected by the genocide is the team’s captain, a man by the name of Dominique Bizimana. He told reporters that he was young when the genocide occurred and a mine exploded that took his leg when he was only sixteen years old. He played volleyball before the accident as well, but after he lost his leg he was determined not to give up. He then began playing for the sitting volleyball team and is enjoying every moment of it. 

 

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The paralympics are a great way to inspire and motivate those with disabilities to break down the barriers that are separating them from their dreams. We here at Advantec work with companies who work hard to stir the same motivation in their clients! For more information on the paralympics, visit CNN’s Page. As always, for more information on how any business can benefit from our custom-tailored software, visit the Advantec Website.

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More On Olympians Overcoming Medical Problems

21 08 2012

The Olympic Games have the power of making the most average citizen a patriot of their country. Millions of Americans tuned in to watch the Olympics, routing for their home team and admiring the athletic ability of the athletes. Oscar Pistorius, from South Africa, was an inspiration to all. Born a double amputee, he inspired people around the world to never let barriers stop you from achieving your dreams. With the attention Pistorius received, few realized that a hero was overcoming a similar feat, one from our own land.

Shannon Boxx is an American Soccer player for the women’s soccer team in the Olympics. Since 2007, Boxx was diagnosed with Lupus. She was a mere 30 years old, and playing for the U.S. National Team. The warning signs showed up in the form of fatigue, muscle soreness, and joint pain. 

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She played in the recent Olympic Games, competing for her country. Over 4.3 million people tuned in to see the game between the Japanese and the Americans, in which the Americans prevailed. It wasn’t until April of 2012 that she went public with her diagnosis, and now she is working with the Lupus Foundation of America to create awareness about this disease.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects about 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone. The body produces auto-antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. The immune system cannot differentiate between healthy cells or unhealthy cells, so it attacks them all. This leads to inflammations which cause a great deal of pain. 

There are hundreds of thousands of chronic diseases that affect everyone from the average joe to an elite Olympian. People in industries such as the medical, Assisted care, and Personal care industries are key to ensuring that the lives of these people can go on as planned without interference from a force that is outside of their control. Whether you are born with a disease or develop it later in life, it does not need to affect your daily activities. 

We here at Advantec support numerous companies over a multitude of industries. We are proud to be able to provide care givers a program that enables them to spend less time at the front desk and more time with their patients.

For more information on Lupus, visit http://www.lupus.org/. To learn more about Boxx’s ability to overcome obstacles, visit http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/16/health/olympic-soccer-boxx-lupus/index.html?hpt=he_bn1. And lastly, for more information about purchasing a custom tailored program that can fit your business’s every need, visit http://www.findsocialservicesoftware.com.





Inspirational Performance From a Double Amputee

13 08 2012

Working in an industry that deals with Mental Health and Personal Care and Assistance, we were overwhelmed with emotion when we saw Oscar Pistorius compete for South Africa in the 4×400-meter relay in the Olympic games. Since 11 months old, he was a double amputee, being born without a fibulae.

Moments like this are inspirational to all of us, especially us here at Advantec Information Systems. We care deeply about the facilities that we provide software to, most of which work with patients who have disabilities similar to those of Pistorius. We do, however, strive to make the word “disability” non-existent. With the proper amount of drive, determination, and help from great facilities around the world, disabilities will cease to exist and people can achieve their wildest dreams.

A report in USA Today interviewed other persons with disabilities who were also in the crowd at the 2012 London Olympics, specifically there to see the man with “carbon blades” race in the relay. One man who lost his leg seven years ago in a motorcycle accident was quoted saying “The whole part of recovery is adapting to whatever you’ve got to deal with. When you see what he does, you think anything is possible.”

Physical health workers around the world took Pistorius’ feat as an opportunity to help their patients. One doctor who has been working with amputee victims encouraged all of her patients to watch Pistorius race. She was quoted saying “He’s a big story. Just for people to be able to see that one of our patients was able to swim was very inspirational to them. So to see somebody reaching such an elite athlete status is incredible.”

Not much in life can be done alone, but with the right attitude and proper treatment facilities, anything is possible. Technology is growing at an exponential rate, and with it the once cemented barriers of society are being shattered. We at Advantec want to provide each facility with the easiest, simplest, and fastest way to manage your business. When you spend less time worrying about paperwork and tracking, you can spend more time with your patients.

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