Waiting in pain: after nearly two years, contaminated steroid victims wait for compensation

“People are forgetting about it,” says 41-year-old Princeton resident Carrie Turpin.
She’s one of 751 people across 20 states who received several contaminated methylprednisolone acetate injections in summer 2012. At least 64 people have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Turpin hasn’t yet received any compensation from the New England Compounding Company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the end of 2012. She and others in the same situation don’t know when they’ll receive compensation for medical expenses and emotional distress. Her lawyers at Pritzker Olsen Attorneys in Minneapolis, Minn., say it could be another two years or longer.
“What are we supposed to do for these two to four years?” Turpin asks, “If I go to work, what if I get sick?”

It could be another two years before Turpin receives compensation, according to her lawyers.


There’s a reason community papers are thriving…

ShareOver the past few months I’ve been pretty busy getting into the groove of reporting for the community newspaper. I thought I understood community news before I got here. But now I really do. The reason newspapers in small towns are often thriving while papers in big cities are diminishing could be because the “big […]

Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Paris 18e Arrondissment. Photo by Tabitha Waggoner, March 2012.

Paris, France – my new home

ShareMy move to Paris, France was one that was unexpected and fraught with excitement. I received an internship with Citizenside.com, a global news community of citizen journalists. They are headquartered in France, right across from the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur.                     Share

The Return to Inner Mongolia

ShareMy return to Inner Mongolia came at the end of February 2012, I stayed there for just under a week. My trip from Shanghai to Hohhot was rather uneventful once I switched airports with the help of our translator. When I returned to Shanghai I had to switch airports alone, but it was relatively easy […]

Sashaya and a fellow member of the Mongolian rock band ZUUL sing in February 2012 in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.


The Return to Mainland China, II.

ShareHere are a few more photos from the middle of the trip to China. If you would like to have a copy of my account of my three weeks in China, go here http://soulbeliefs.com/china-2012-account/  If you have questions, email me at 2waylookinglass@gmail.com .               The Hug. Share

The return to mainland China.

ShareIt happened unexpectedly. I had enough money to go and suddenly I had a round-trip flight from Nashville to Shanghai on United Airlines. I thought I wouldn’t be able to keep my promise to my family in China and visit them at the beginning of 2012. Now, I’ve learned that faith can go a long […]


My best friends, David Yon and Alana Thomas, on New Year's Eve 2011.


ShareIt’s always a relief to be back home in Bowling Green, Ky. The Christmas Season was in full swing AND it was time for my college graduation. I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in news-edtiorial journalism (and a minor in biology) on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. It didn’t feel real until I was […]

Lights and clouds

Share                        My classmate and friend Laura Haggard in front of the Hong Kong skyline.   Share

Flying over Taiwan on the way home.

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks made a Skype call to us.

Hong Kong: where East meets West.

Share The iMedia video team at work in the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong.   Hong Kong is definitely Asia’s World City. I’ve been to China several times, and I’ve seen a few large cities. But Hong Kong is probably the most unique. There’s a definite Westernization that comes from it being a former British […]