Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Haven Blooms with Kindness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Haven Blooms with Kindness

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Occasionally after retiring, a person might open a business as a pastime, but Rose Buric's motivation was more heartfelt.

Honeysuckle Haven is a charming gift shop in Youngwood that also hosts a monthly support group for people coping with the neurodegenerative brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or PSP.

The small shop opened in May at 621 S. Fifth St., just west of town. It offers an array of goods including contemporary and country home decor, jewelry, candles, lamps, gourmet coffee and personalized gift baskets with themes such as picnic time, movie time or chocolate fantasy. A large table surrounded with chairs marks the space for the support group.

Ms. Buric, 61, retired after working for 30 years in the health care industry. Last year, her sister, Antoinette "Toni" Rosen, became ill and died last July. "She was diagnosed only six months before," Ms. Buric said. "At first they thought she had Parkinson's, but it wasn't. She was only 62 years old. We found out it is such a rare disease. We didn't know who to talk to or where to find out more about it."

After her sister's death, Ms. Buric learned of the Maryland- based Foundation for PSP/CBD and Related Brain Diseases, or CurePSP. The website, www.psp.org, describes PSP as a neurodegenerative brain disease with no known cause, treatment or cure, which affects nerve cells that control walking, balance, mobility, vision, speech and swallowing. Five to six people out of 100,000 will develop PSP.

Ms. Buric contacted CurePSP in response to the organization's call for the establishment of regional support groups. She was provided with a book, CDs, videos and fliers about the disease. Honeysuckle Haven is listed on the organization's site with the only other Pennsylvania support group in Philadelphia.

"They have sent me everything I need to do a support group," Ms. …

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