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Letters to the Editor: May 27, 2015

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Puzzle predicament

What’s up with the crossword puzzle? This is the second time in two weeks

that you’ve printed the incorrect info. Last time, you printed the empty puzzle calling it the answers from the previous puzzle. This week (May 20, Oklahoma Gazette), you published the correct answers for the previous week, but you printed the same empty puzzle from last week, with the wrong clue-ins.

In other words, somebody is not paying attention and you all apparently don’t double-check and don’t care. This is so frustrating because the crossword puzzle you normally print is one of my favorites and I only pick up the Gazette and read it because of the crossword puzzle. If this happens again, I will just not read it anymore.

How sad that you aren’t accountable for the content of your publication. The crossword puzzle is very important to many of your readers.

— Linda Piro

Oklahoma City

Editor’s note: We apologize for our mistake(s) and understand how important it is to provide accurate content to all of our readers. Following these errors, we’ve developed procedures to double- and triple-check the puzzles to help us avoid making them again.

Healthy discussion

I am a 24-year-old male law student at the University of Oklahoma. I enjoy school, cycling, reading, playing piano, cooking and doing things everyone else likes to do.

I am exactly like you but with one important difference: A year-and-a-half ago, I was diagnosed with lupus. To be more specific, I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Lupus is a disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Its side effects include pain, swelling and fatigue. For many, this is a deadly disease. There is no cure. We don’t even know what causes it.

It is difficult to diagnose, difficult to understand and very often misunderstood. That’s what I want to change. May is national Lupus Awareness Month. For a disease that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans, there is startling little coverage of lupus in the media.

Not many people know that lupus is not synonymous with arthritis. Not many people know that only 1 of every 10 lupus patients is male. Not many people know there are different kinds of lupus or that many people are treated using chemotherapy. Odds are that you know someone with lupus. Talk with them about what life is like living with this disease. Ask them about the day-to-day struggles and fears that go along with a chronic health condition.

My life has changed dramatically since my diagnosis — some ways for the worse, some ways for the better.

I cannot control much with lupus, but what I can control is what I choose to do with it. And I choose to start a conversation. And maybe someday that conversation can turn into a cure.

— David Postic

Oklahoma City

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