I first met Lana Koehler several years ago

Laura Nethken Published:

I first met Lana Koehler several years ago while standing with a group of people in front of Arbys at Norton Road and Darrow Road, watching workmen load the Starr House onto a huge truck in preparation for the precarious trip to its new home at the Heritage Reserve off Young Road.

Little did I know then about the drive and determination that this gal, Lana, was blessed with.

We met again recently at a political fund-raiser when Jane Haefner, wife of our Law Director Joe Haefner, mentioned that Lana was currently involved in a project that may be of interest to my readers.

Jane was right.Its an amazing story. Lana tells it this way.

Ever since I was diagnosed with this disease (Syndrome X), I have been determined to spread the word.The syndrome encompasses insulin resistance and is considered a pre-diabetic condition. Its risk factors can include excess weight, especially around the waist, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and a family history of diabetes.

When an informational meeting was held in January and 300 people showed up at Stow City Hall, I knew that more had to be done.Within two weeks, I established the Syndrome X Association with president Lana Koehler, vice president Jennifer Evans, secretary Barb Sparhawk and treasurer Stephanie Walk.Committees help in scheduling meetings and distributing information.

Lana added, My newsletter is for patients and doctors who want to know more about this disease from a variety of sources.There will be regular columns by doctors, a psychologist and a nutritionist/dietician.There will also be product evaluations and restaurant guides with the special needs of Syndrome X people in mind. Six bi-monthly issues will cost $20 and can be ordered by sending your check to P.O. Box 107, Munroe Falls 44262.The charter issue will be available May 1.

The groups Web site is syndromexassoc@hotmail.com.

The public is invited to attend the next meeting which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Riverwood Community Chapel, 1407 Fairchild Road, Kent.

On a lighter note, I finally found a place nearby where I can get legal size copies of articles that have covered my desk for ages it seems.I saw an ad in the Stow Sentry for Boxes Plus at 4966 Darrow Road in Stow Retail Park.Alex Clarke of Tallmadge is the owner. Susanna Holdren of Stow waited on me, patiently answering all my questions. Boxes Plus handles gift-wrapping, packing, crating and shipping and carries a superb collection of greeting cards and all sizes of boxes. Call (330) 342-1226.

Also located within Boxes Plus isSimple Pleasures, specializing in printing and designing invitations and owned by Nadine Chapman of Stow.A busy place, Crossroads Management, is located in the back.

Please keep Stows special lady, Ethel Osman, in your prayers.She has been in intensive care at Akron City Hospital for more than a week as the result of a stroke.Her granddaughter, Wendy, suggested that cards be sent to Osmans Pies, 4974 Darrow Road, Stow 44224. Lets make a point to drop by for lunch and a piece of our favorite Osman pie. Im sure Ethel would like that.

E-mail: HDahlman@aol.com

Phone: (330) 928-1920

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