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Bruce and Pam Meyer and Gloria Lopez-Cordle

Featured on Woman to Woman on September 19, 2009.

For over 34 years, Gloria A. Lopez-Cordle has worked with children who have disabilities, their families, and adults who were diagnosed with medical conditions later in life. The Personal Medical Journal grew out of her experiences and is designed to help you, or your caregiver, take control of your medical needs.

For Lopez, understanding the importance of documentation and record keeping began with her first daughter, who had severe food allergies. Through her experiences, she developed and expanded the first version of the journal created for her son Michael. He was born with Spina Bifida, a neural tube birth defect. It continues to help keep track of Michael's extensive medical information, eliminating the need for memorizing and reiterating his medical history. Additionally, it provides medical professionals easy and accurate access to important information in an emergency. Lopez also used the journal for her two daughters who, though healthy, now have a concise and easily accessible medical history.

Lopez has helped start several support groups, including a group for parents experiencing the trauma of having a newborn in a neonatal hospital unit, as well as local community parent support groups. She also assisted in developing a program to mainstream children with disabilities into local school districts in Santa Clara County, California.

As a speaker, a medical conference planner, an advocate for child and parental rights, and a program developer on a community, state, and national level, Lopez has been active with many issues affecting the disabled. She was a founder and administrative director of the Spina Bifida Association of California and continues to work with hospitals on disability awareness and program development.

Lopez has shown many families and individuals how to put together their own Personal Medical Journal to assist them in maintaining accurate records and to help them take a more active role in their medical care.

Gloria Lopez-Cordle's book can be purchased here.

To read an excerpt from Lopez's book, click here.

Website: www.lcpbooks.com

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