This blog post really struck a cord with me. I have worked with children and adults with varying cognitive and developmental deficits, and I could not agree with this woman more. So many people use the word “retarded” casually, with disdain and disgust. I know the word is technically still part of the DSM, but I have made a conscious effort to remove the word from my vocabulary...
A review of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,...
Over the past 4-5 days, I have been reading the New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I was apprehensive to read this book initially, thinking it was merely a story about an individual who donated her body to science (admirable, but not necessarily unique). Human anatomy and physiology have always interested me, but I have never taken the time to read about HeLa any...
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it– Maya Angelou
I intern at a children’s hospital, so it’s sometimes difficult to focus on one disease over another. Since I also intern at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CF has been one disease that stays with me every day. Today I had the opportunity to interview someone in the office who happens to have two cousins (they’re brothers) who have CF. It did not really occur to me how terrible...
Today I learned that a friend of mine passed away unexpectedly. I have not talked to him recently, and so I feel a huge sense of guilt. I feel guilty because the last time I talked to him was via text message and was several months ago. I feel bad because I never became really close friends with him—even though this is hard to do with many people. I wonder if I would regret not talking...
Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New... →
A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder.
Teach For America
Today is my first post. I’ve been putting this off for awhile, because I was having trouble thinking of something worth publishing…or reading for that matter. Well, I’ve finally thought of something; something big: Teach For America. Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in a final interview for Teach For America. The interview started with me giving my 5 minute...