My first brush with uncertainty rooted in illness (that I can remember) occurred when I was ten years old and facing my first open heart surgery. It wasn’t until my sociology of health and illness courses in undergrad, around age 21, that I learned there were people, words and theories that talked about what I experience/d yet could not name.
I would like to share some of the reasons I ending up finally choosing social work and what I was thinking when I applied to the MSW program in late 2014. I put myself out there in a way that felt bold but true..
More than anything – I yearned to embark on this journey on my own terms. I was ecstatic at the prospect of mapping out my own course, even if that included joining a 12 day coach tour, because.. baby steps. I was tired of waiting. Waiting for the right time. Waiting for other people to go with me. Waiting until I felt more confident to set off on my own. I was ready to take a chance and hopefully prove to others and more importantly, to myself, that I could do this.
“Wow! You’re so tall, you must play basketball!” For those readers who were also vertically gifted growing up, you may have experienced similar remarks from new acquaintances, extended family members, random people at the grocery store.. I would usually say thank you and laugh it off. How I really wanted to respond was something like, … Continue reading Ending a career, but saving a life
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an example of a chronic illness with acute episodic periods. What makes it a chronic illness is its long lasting nature, which means instead of "curing it" you "manage it". However, there are times when a person with MFS may need immediate or emergency care that if not received can result … Continue reading My take on Marfan Syndrome