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Society Let Miya Down
Tragically and egregiously, Miya Must
did not conquer bipolar disorder; it
devastated and conquered her — as it
does so many ("Healthy Body Healthy
Mind," April 10, A22).
Miya did not "own her illness." Her
illness owned and consumed her. Miya
lived a portion of her brief 28 years in
Michigan: a state with no mental health
parity, a critical shortage of pediatric
psychiatrists and nonexistent day-treat-
ment and residential centers due to
former Gov. John Engler's dismem-
berment of state services for indi-
viduals with neuropsychiatric brain
disorders.
Diagnosed as a child, Miya struggled
with a pediatric form of bipolar disor-
der considered to be 100 times more
severe than adult-onset. She died dur-
ing a day and age still unwilling to treat
the brain as an organ and disorders
such as bipolar, schizophrenia and
depression as illnesses worthy of equal
access to medical care and targeted
treatments.
Until "we the people" of Michigan
and the United States are willing to
treat our brain as the engine of the
body and treat psychiatric illnesses
with the same respect we give to cancer,
diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy and all
chronic and debilitating disorder, we
will continue to lose children and adults
like Miya to a painful world of isolation,
loneliness, chronic debilitation, suicide
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Temple
Israel, Too
In your April 17
issue, columnist
Robin Schwartz's
Around Town article
lists Skate for Israel
("Hot Wheels,"
page A26) as a
YAD event put
on by the
Young Adult
Division of
the Jewish
Federation of
Metropolitan
Detroit.
This event that we have done now
twice was a vision and partnership of
Temple Israel's Imagine Group and YAD.
Both organizations put up the cost and
guaranteed the proceeds for Israel.
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny and Tracie
Fineman of Temple Israel in West
Bloomfield worked closely with Jessica
Goodwin, Rachel Wright and Ariana
Blumenfeld of YAD to ensure another
great event.
When we all work together, we can
and do great things.
I look forward to the next event that
YAD co-sponsors with our synagogues
and other agencies with a young adult
group so we can bring more young
people in our community together.
The Young Adult Division of
Federation thanks Temple Israel for its
continued support and generosity in
promoting exciting events for all in our
community to attend.

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