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A "Donna's Doorways Website" page
Index
Mental & Physical
HEALTH ISSUES

referred to in
"Bellzona's Picture Book"



Purpose
Future Generations Living Healthier
by
Acknowledging Health Issues of Past Generations


If we could erase all the heartache from the lives of our ancestors,
of course, we would. However, in order to try to provide material
for future generations, these health problems must be listed.
The fact that the circumstances of early day Oklahoma hardship played
a part in many of these health problems must be considered
as much as any genetic weakness involved,
and that is too for future generations to know and understand.

PAGE # HEALTH-RELATED TOPICS
(included within the captionings of certain photographs)
This table includes a few down-sized examples of photographs referenced.
08Health of the Osage

The photograph on Page 8 captures the girlish beauty of
Mae Rusk and Bertha BigEagle.
The Osage people were infamous for their natural good looks.
The captioning on this page includes an overview
regarding decades of genetic engineering
through strict tribal dietary laws
and the use of medicinal herbs, leaves and roots.

10Blinded as a child
12Suicide
12Death due to weakening of child
through intolerance to cow's milk
20Diabetes
22Tooth extraction in person with diabetes
24Cigarette Smoking, woman, 1935
26Cancer
28Tuberculosis
30Amputation
32Influenza plague, 1944
36Diabetes
36Severe Speech Impediment
38-40Crime
45War Injury, Iwo Jima
60Rigor Mortise
64Murder
68Asthma
72Tuberculosis


Dora (Jones) Frenchman
Dora died tragically, in 1902.
She also had tuberculosis at the time of her death,
and six months later, her 16-year-old daughter,
Effie, died of tuberculosis.

82Murder
84Depression
90Mental Health
98Infant Mortality
130Stress, Rheumatoid Arthritis


Otilia "Tillie" Hernandez
Served as a BIA Chief Administrative Officer
at the historical Chilocco Indian School.
The stress from having to follow painful orders during
the closing down process of the century-old school, was
most damaging to her, emotionally, and destroyed her health.
Before she passed away, in 1994, she suffered greatly
from severe rheumatoid arthritis.

170Asthma
178Premature Birth causes hearing loss
180Speech & Hearing Disability


Ralph Hall Bartlett
with his aunt, Ruth Ann (Hobson) Buckner
Sometimes, a feeling of love comes through in a picture
without the reason being known by the casual observer.
In all the pictures of this family, one can see
the protective air of the family towards this child.
Ralph, born in 1922, had a speech and hearing disability,
but grew up to be a good, honest, hard-working citizen.

244Cerebral Palsy


In wheelchair: Rhonda Louise Flood (born in 1959)
with sister, Kharis E. Flood
Photo taken by local newspaper
during the 1989 opening of the library's new ramp.
Finally, for the very first time,
Rhonda had access to the library!





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