Emilie Higgins has not broken a single bone in her body. Although she has not broken a bone, she has overcome various other obstacles and is now a very optimistic and strong woman. Higgins has had an interesting childhood, a devastating college experience, and now has a little family of her own. Higgins has overcome various obstacles in her life but she continues to remain optimistic.
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live,” quoted Anne Sweeney, formerly the co-chair of Disney Media, President of the Disney–ABC Television Group, and the President of Disney Channel. In this quote, Anne wanted everyone to know that everyone has their own definitions of success and have their own ways to get their. Two ways that people define success is being happy or satisfied with what they love doing and reaching their goals after obstacles. These two features can be seen in the books, The Outliers, The Last Lecture, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and the article, Catching Kayla, by Digital Sports News.
In “Am I MS?” Miriamne Ara Krummel talks about her personal journey she endured dealing with multiple sclerosis. Krummel further explains at the end how she was finally able to accept her diagnosis and to embrace it. She finds that it’s important to be open about the disease. She believes that, “it might be helpful if more people would talk about death and dying as an intrinsic part of life” (76-77).When she was first diagnosed, she had a difficult time coping with MS. In fact, she at first denied that she could possibly have MS and like her family, were hoping that it was some kind of flu, until further testings’ at the hospital proved them wrong. However, through the process she learned that she felt better as she acknowledge the disease
Breaking down the disease “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis” word for word can help you understand how this disease affects someone. The word “Amyotrophic” comes from the Greek language. “A” means no, “myo” refers to the muscles, and “Trophic” means nourishment. This translates to “No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment it wastes away and cannot be used. The word “lateral” refers to the area where the nerve cells are in the spinal cord. As this area is affected by ALS it creates scarring or hardening which is that last part of the name “sclerosis” (What Is ALS?). The symptoms of ALS include the muscles to not operate correctly in the legs, arms, face, and tongue. Eventually, a person with ALS can lose the ability to breathe too, but recent technologies have made a tubing system to allow you to breathe. ALS is all physically affected, not logical thought. People with ALS still will have the ability to gain intelligence, touch, taste, smell, hear, see, and be able to function sexually (Harvard Med School Family Health Guide). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is also referred
According to the National Cancer Institute, about 40% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life, and there were approximately 13,776,251 people living with cancer in 2012. Cancer is a common disease with many types and forms. The book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot shows the story of a woman with cervical cancer, and how her illness affected herself and her family. Although cancer affects a patient physically, it also has effects on the patient mentally and financially, as well as it challenges patients to change their lifestyles for the better.
What is it like to have ALS or a CTE? Either a progressive neurological disease that attacks your motor skills or one that attacks the cognitive parts of the brain. Each one has its own particular attack strategy. On one hand the body is rendered completely motionless while being completely conscious of the outside environment. On the other, the body stays unharmed while it slowly loses the mind, both are equally devastating. These diseases are caused by repetitive concussions & brain trauma. These can be obtained by participating in physical sports that involve being struck on the head. These are the risk that a person must be willing to consider when making decisions to be active in sports.
According to a study, 95% of Iraq veterans experience some kind of stress caused by war experiences (PTSD VA, 1). This stress can vary immensely. Vets can experience pain if they see any reminders of the war. The slightest reminder can cause severe pain. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the dysregulation of body and brain chemistry. PTSD has varied causes, which negatively impact the victim, his or her family, and the society in which the victim lives in; however, many treatments are available for the victim to ease the impact on his or her future.
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the body 's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and/or the person is almost totally paralyzed. In some severe cases the disorder is life threatening- potentially interfering with breathing and sometimes with blood pressure or heart rate. Becase of these consequences it can be referred to as a medical emergency. Many individuals that have this disorder are often put on a ventilator
Nancy Mairs, “On Being a Cripple” was an interesting article. The word choices she has used plays an important role in her article. Her article is very detailed oriented and used different examples to explain her situation about being a cripple. Mairs had no excuse about her situation even after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and she continues to be the best at her job of parenting and wife. She had really emphasized her struggles that she went through and how she had coped with the fact that her life will never be the same. This article can turn out to be an inspiring article for people who are suffering from multiple sclerosis or other disabilities. Mairs begins her introduction with a hilarious event which is an attention grabbing for a reader. Then she
When school finals approach, students act in desperate ways to find solutions for mental focus on selective subjects. Fifteen percent of college students have illegally been using Adderall the past year. Adderall impacts learning in various ways, but In the long run can cause more harm than aid. Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as part of a psychological and social issues. It helps to stay focused, pay better attention and stop fidgeting. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextrose-amphetamine. It works by balancing certain natural substances in the brain. Today I’m going to discuss about the side effects of Adderall, the way it impacts students, and most importantly the learning of students in
Imagine for a moment if you will. A woman in her 50’s sitting in a recliner on a hot July day with the windows closed, blinds drawn with the heat on. She is dressed in layers, covered in blankets. She is freezing in July. She has her sister put a few ice chips in her mouth so they will melt slowly. She will not drink anything in fear of vomiting. She has not eaten in days. The smell of food makes her nauseated. Yet she craves a milkshake. She sits in her recliner twitching in pain as a few tears gently run down her face. It hurts too much to move. She is given pain medicine every four hours. It does not help. She second guesses having chemotherapy.
Imagine being unable to walk, unable to speak, unable to move and unable to breathe. Imagine being in a state of complete paralysis where the only thing that keeps on functioning is your brain, and you live chained to a machine doctors call life support.
We, as a species have a hard time admitting when we are wrong.How do you live with something that has no cure? Sure, they have medication and counseling that can help subdue the problem for a short time being, but, it’s always there, haunting the corners of your mind. Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD is a somewhat commonly known. People sort of know what it is, but that doesn’t mean that they completely understand what it is. The problem is more People believe the myths of ADD, such as, ADD is more about a lack of willpower, when in factuality, it is so much more complex than simply not wanting to focus. It’s not that I don’t want to focus, it’s that I physically can’t at certain times. There is something wrong, chemically, with my brain.