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Dauphin Herald (Newspaper) - April 5, 1990, Dauphin, Manitoba Ini St amp a a fast in ssh few Tuiet Tifi a Quot 1 a travels/a3 35 cents comp07 t9712 legislative l a Sero Dio. Manitoba archives bldg 200 Vaughan Street Winnipeg r my r3c of 8 inside today s Herald Index sports.,a5 classifieds. A11 editorials. A4 Hedley looks to future As vol. 94 no. 28 univ to nth 1?�?T 9/35otwyday, april 5, 1990 Daji Phin Manitoba Zloba Dauphin a Audrey Baltus awarded Terry Fox citation what have i done a asks former Star athlete recognized by Canadian cancer society for her courage in battling cancer in her spine by Sheri Clegg Herald staff writer a a it a just Ray the statement is made so simply said in such a matter of fact Way. Audrey Baltus is reflecting upon Why she is receiving the Terry Fox citation of honour. A but what have i done a she asks. The award named after the one legged runner is Given annually to a Canadian by the Canadian cancer society for outstanding heroism in the fight against cancer. A i done to see myself As a hero in any Way. I did no to do anything i did for anyone but myself a Baltus said in a Telephone interview from her Home in Kelligrews Newfoundland. The Dauphin native was recently informed by letter she won the award. She says the news came As a real Surprise. But for those who know Baltus the award symbolizes the fight and tenacity she holds for life. Even during the dark Days when the disease almost claimed her life about three years ago she never lost her will to live. Baltus who graduated from the Dauphin High school in 1984, was a provincial All Star in both basketball and volleyball and was the schools top female athlete in grades 11 and 12. She left Dauphin to study nursing at the University of Manitoba and in May 1985, after experiencing a twitching in her shoulder was diagnosed As having a malignant tumor in the neck area of her spinal Cord. An operation showed the tumor was ingrown and impossible to remove. Baltus was told going into surgery she had a 50 per cent Chance of total paralysis but she came out walking. She returned to universe Audrey Baltus finished University in 1989. To to take her second year of nursing but could not fulfil her dream of playing University volleyball. During this time she underwent radiation therapy running every Day from her Home to the health science Centre for treatment. Chemotherapy was not an effective treatment. But six months later the effects of the radiation started taking their toll. Bal Tus could not feel extreme temperatures she was run Down depressed tired. The tumor had turned into a cyst and Little did Baltus know that the worst was ahead of her. She returned Home to Dauphin in january 1986. Walking had become a difficult task the Many drugs affected her in different ways. She lost feeling from her shoulders Down. A i Wasny to too Happy with life. My dreams of volleyball were Down the Drain i had to Stop nursing. I was not a Happy camper a Baltus said. Things continued to get worse Over the Spring. A it was slow going. I did no to know if i was going to die or How disabled i was going to be a Baltus said. At one Point she was Given 10 to 14 Days to live but a last resort to do something which turned out to be chemotherapy instilled new Hope. By summer although she was weak Baltus was walking again. She was advised by doctors not to return to school in the fall but she did. A during that whole time i tried to maintain a positive attitude but it Wasny to easy. I handle not doing anything. I was focusing on everything too much a Baltus said. A a it a like i had no control Over the situation. And there were times when i wanted to give up. If it Wasny to for my family and her voice Breaks. A a they be always been supporting me. Throughout everything they be been very Loving and there might have been the thoughts of letting go but they were pushed aside by the stronger will perhaps an expansion of the athletes the will to win to conquer. See a superwoman attitude a a3 patients May soon not have to wait three weeks. Like to make appointments three to four weeks from now a Decker said. He added a when you May have an acute illness it has to be seen right Decker said Many patients Are unhappy when they have to wait one or two weeks to see a doctor. The physician added the additional general practitioners will also take the pressure from some doctors. Decker who has afternoon clinic hours describes his time at the medical Centre As a very he said other doctors speak of both Busy and slow Days. A we Are looking at 12 general practitioners so the Busy Days Are a Little More manageable a he said. Decker added it remains difficult to recruit doctors to Rural Manitoba although he said Dauphin is better off than places such As Grandview and Ste. Rose. A if we want to maintain 12 we have to look Well in Advance to replace people a he local doctor to retire see pm. A3 soil conservation displays to focus on area s projects conserving the soil that produces our food is the message behind National soil conservation week april 9 to 15. A i think possibly the message should be that we be got to be aware soil is important a Jake Nickel a land resource specialist with Manitoba agriculture. A was Well As growing food soil creates jobs and supports Industry a he said adding that $2 billion of the provincial Economy and one out of seven jobs in Manitoba is reliant on agriculture production. He said one of the major thrusts for soil conservation in this area is being done under farming for tomorrow a Cost shared program negotiated Between the Federal and provincial governments. The inter Mountain conservation group recently received $420,000 for soil conservation work in this area. Nickel said the framework for the groups projects has been set up and work should soon begin. He said society a concern about soil degradation May ultimately Lead to higher food prices. A Farmers Are trying to do their part but they need help from society a he said. A Farmers and Consumers have to be committed to soil a number of displays will be set up at the Dauphin mall next week describing some of the local activity taking place to conserve soil. As Well restaurant patrons May notice a message about soil conservation on place Mats when they visit various eating establishments in town. The Turtle River watershed conservation District sponsored a soil conservation essay contest for Junior High school students. Deborah Mcphail Brett Geisel and Mandy egg won for their submissions. Doctor shortage tackled by clinic Talent night contributions acc musicians were the opening raised $300. Rotarians have recently act in a Talent show tuesday night donated $1,000 to the Allied arts Cen sponsored by the rotary club which tre. By Lisa Gervais Herald staff writer Long distance feeling slashed by ice Jam if you were trying to Call Long distance wednesday night chances Are you had a few problems. A Cut in a Fibre optics Cable located near Neepawa tied phone traffic up for almost three hours. Guy Prokopetz Public information assistant for Manitoba Telephone system said a Fibre optics Cable located under the White mud River about 15 Kilometres East of Neepawa was Cut by ice jammed up at a Bend in the River. It affected about 80 per cent of the Long distance Calls being made from the Brandon and Dauphin regions. Prokopetz said the Cut occurred at about 7 . And phone traffic had to be rerouted through other circuits. That work was finished by about 10 . Prokopetz said Crews worked through the night restoring the damaged Cable and Calls Are no longer being rerouted. Relief is in sight for Dauphin medical Centre patients who Are sick of waiting three to four weeks to see some doctors. In an interview wednesday or. Robert Decker said two temporary general practitioners will join the Centre by Early May while a permanent doctor will be added in july. Decker added once the temporary doctors who Are South african leave the Centre Hopes to replace them with Locums or temporary doctors who take Over practices during summer vacations. It is also hoped another permanent doctor will be hired soon. A a we re trying to have More physicians to replace some who have left and we Are trying to get Locum physicians in for a Short time while people Are away on holidays a Decker said. The Centre now has 10 general practitioners but doctors Here say it is better to have 12 to Deal with the patient Load. A there is definitely More demand for services on an urgent basis. People done to

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