I'm cutting out this PEOPLE cover story to carry with me. Congratulations, Paula Abdul
, on finding a treatment for chronic pain that works and for highlighting what sufferers go through in our quest to live a normal life.
I give Paula a lot of credit and admire her perseverance and courage. Her ability to put on a happy face for her fans makes her a fighter.
I suffer from reflex sympathetic dystrophy and can relate to Paula's story. Until now, RSD had no voice or face. I hope Paula uses her celebrity status to make people aware of the need for research in finding a cure.
I can't tell you the number of times I cried like Paula or rejoiced in moments of relief from the excruciating pain. Thank you for printing this story.
Palm Bay, Fla.
What perfect timing! This is my family's first season watching American Idol, and my girls love Paula. My
11-year-old was diagnosed with RSD when she was 8. She is currently in her worst flare-up ever. The daily therapies and missed school days are getting her down. The news that Paula has RSD saddened my daughter, but it also bolstered her spirits by letting her know she's not the only one.
La Crosse, Wis.
For Paula Abdul
to have lived a long secret battle with chronic pain is nothing short of amazing. I applaud her for coming forward and wish Paula many more happy and pain-free years.
Mark Smith, the Wisconsin firefighter who proposed allowing small-game hunters to shoot uncollared cats, hinders any progress made by people like myself to curtail the feral cat problem. The trap, neuter and return program is an effective and compassionate way to control this situation. How an individual can come up with an idea to kill more innocent animals is incomprehensible.
Jenny M. Henry
Hooray! I've never understood people who let their cats roam outside. Some say it's natural, but that's ridiculous. This is not a lion or tiger, but a house cat, a man-made animal. I don't want to sound like an animal hater, since I often work for an animal-rescue organization and have a number of pets myself. But the cat problem is a big one, and removing permanently the roaming cats in one's neighborhood is the best solution.
El Segundo, Calif.
PARIS PULLS THE PLUG
is very immature to throw away her friendship with Nicole Richie
. She'll soon regret this because there's no friend like an old friend. I'll never watch The Simple Life
without Nicole. She's the cute, funny one who adds spice to the show.
Has activist Marvin Miller lost more than just his hearing in "Building a Town for the Deaf"? Through the miracle of the cochlear implant, my deaf child lives in the world of hearing. Deafness is not a culture but a disability. Miller gives new meaning to the expression "deaf and dumb."
Pepper Pike, Ohio
I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Garner
's and think she and Ben Affleck
are perfect together. He's been through a lot, and she's the best to keep him straight. I hope they live happily ever after.
PRESLEYS' BURNING LOVE
Your magazine is a treasure. I rejoice in the loving relationship of Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley featured in "At Home with Elvis." He'd be thrilled with the two great loves of his life.
Martha Orr Miller
San Antonio, Texas
What makes Tori Spelling
think the world wants to see another show with her in it? She's the spoiled daughter of a famous Hollywood producer, which is probably the only reason she got acting parts. One thing she doesn't lack, though, is pure, unadulterated ego.
Cedar City, Utah