By Cora Beyer
Many students at Red Lion High School look forward to attending Mini-THON each spring. As a chair of this year’s Mini-THON, it is encouraging to know that students are excited to participate in the games and activities of our event. As a Four Diamonds Child, however, Mini-THON holds a different meaning.
The summer after my fifth birthday, my parents noticed a significant decrease in my appetite and an increase in my thirst. My need to drink superseded all else.
Confused and worried, my parents took me to many doctors, but no one could understand the cause of my symptoms.
I went for seven months only drinking and not eating. At the age of five, I barely weighed 25 pounds.
Finally, I went to a feeding therapist. After meeting a few times, he didn’t feel I had an eating disorder and ordered an MRI of my brain. The MRI showed a mass in my brain, attached to my pituitary gland.
The damage the mass inflicted on this gland was caused by an uncommon disorder called Diabetes Insipidus or DI. This means that I am unable to control my water. I have to take medication several times a day to control it.
After I went to an oncologist, it was decided that I would need a brain biopsy. Through the biopsy, I learned that I have a rare cancer, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis or LCH.
By Rachel Lau
Only a few months remain until I graduate and leave high school behind. It seems like it’s a long, long time from now, but I know it isn’t at all.
When I started my senior year, I was so excited to finish it. And now, here I am, wishing it would all slow down a little.
I’ve been accepted into the college I want to go to and I picked out my dorm with my soon-to-be roommate. But I think what really made me realize I’m transitioning into an adult is the fact that I’m now making a list of what I need to get for my dorm room.
When I saw the words microwave, detergent, and plunger, it hit me-- everything is changing. My parents won’t be there to make dinner, do my laundry, or clean, it will be my job to do all of those adult chores and more.
By Shayla Scallorn
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We learn, we work, we live, we die. That’s it isn’t it? That’s the natural order of things. Sounds a little cut and dry when you think about it. I’m going to let you in on a little secret and it’s pretty cliche so bear with me. Amidst the humdrum of everyday life, opportunities will always arise. Don’t ever pass them up. For those entering college there is one opportunity that I urge you not to overlook: studying abroad.
Study abroad programs are growing in popularity and are offered at more and more colleges nationwide. For a few weeks, a semester or even a year, students can earn credits towards their degree while continuing their education in a foreign country. Common destinations include Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, and France.
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