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115 patients attended yesterday’s rural epilepsy clinic at Pen! The team of doctors and volunteers ensured the smooth functioning – and of course the hosts – the Kaladarshan / Parekh family! Thanks all of you!

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Yesterday, in celebration of National Epilepsy Day we saw the inspiring movie Shahid. Everyone enjoyed the movie, tea and the snacks that continuously went around. Next Saturday 24th we will be having another meeting with fun and games. Prizes will be given for the online competition as well. If you have still not taken part, pleases view it not so much as a competition but a contribution – you can, with your story, quote, learning, most certainly contribute to the growth of another! Carol

On Saturday, 27th we had a good turnout at our support group meeting. Siddhita presented on our November epilepsy awareness programs. Besides online challenges with exciting prizes to be won, we will be having 2 support group fun meetings. Please attend in large numbers and take part in our online challenges! Carol D’Souza

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All of us had a great time at Dr. Shah’s home today.  We began the meeting with a prayer – Shruti played a Carnatic raga on the violin and sang as well. Shruti has come down from the US to play at a concert in Tamil Nadu and we were fortunate to have her with us.  Dr. Pravina Shah then took us down memory lane explaining how the first national epilepsy day and the performance choreographed by Archana Palekar led to the formation of the support group and the activities that started thereafter.  Members were very happy to meet with Archana Palekar. After introduction, members were asked to play ‘antakshri’ which they happily did till Melvin sang “Laila o Laila”.  At which point I asked Mahesh Naik to dance to the number and he said he would if I would be his Laila! After which everyone ended up dancing – even those who were initially making a fuss!  Of course, a meeting at Dr. Shah’s home had to end with delicious food and happy faces! We rock guys!!!

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3 Samman support group meetings are now held every month. At Bandra we had a meeting on 25th August where Pranik healers came and gave a demo. They have agreed to conduct a level 1 training course for us at Bandra for a minimum of 8 persons.

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The Samman Manav Kalyan Group also had their meeting on the 25th where among other things they continued with yogic breathing.
31st August there was a meeting at Fortis Hospital Mulund where Dr. Shah reports they had an interactive meeting – a housie game where winners had to give a thought provoking message, the theme being Happiness.
Will keep you posted on dates of the next 3 meetings.

Hi everyone. Another Sunday 12th Aug 2018 …well spent at the farmhouse at Pen conducting the medical camp which started by 9am and was attended by approx 100 patients . Here I must add that some of our patients have shown a remarkable improvement with regular compliance and have even become parents …below is the picture of one of our regular patients Bhagwan with his daughter….

I guess it is experiences like this that keep us motivated to continue what we are doing as somewhere we know that as an Association we are adding value to the society in whatever little way we can .

The lovely weather just made the place look greener than ever and the weather and the lovely home cooked food took the excitement to an all new level!

….looking forward to the next camp on 18th Nov 2018…

Pooja Nandi

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On this occasion, Samman would like to express its gratitude to all the people who have helped nurture this organization and be epilepsy advocates. However, we would especially like to give our thanks to Dr. Pravina Shah.  Dr. Shah your profuse contribution has indeed made a difference to our lives; your continued guidance and help not only to us but also to our families has given us so much happiness. Your role in Samman’s journey holds great significance and like a true Guru, you took us under your wings only to enable us fly high.  Your simplicity, modesty and most of all your cheerful smile reflect your magnanimous personality and we are thrilled to have you as an integral part of Samman. Thank You Dr. Shah, we are indebted to You!  You truly are a remover of darkness! – Samman Support Group Members

P.S. – On this day we also remember Mr. Ushakant Shah and are thankful for his support as well.



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