Tag Archives: Rhonda Arends

Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

CFD Bench 1[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 17, 2015]

The staccato of Darwin West’s voice reverberated throughout the room as he pointed to members of the crowd holding up little white cards. The tension rose, a steady thing you could practically feel in your chest.

Then, it was over. But the tension remained. This tension wasn’t because of a mounting fight among auction-goers. It wasn’t about silly words out of a person’s mouth. This tension was like magic because it increased every time the Creston Fire and Rescue bench went up for bid in the course of one night.

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Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa

NYCFD[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015]

I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted words on the walls.

Unfortunately, my first minute of New York City wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but that only made the rest of the trip that much more amazing.

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Girl on Fire: Crohn’s: Ranked right next to cancer

Prior Lake[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 5, 2013]

Over Labor Day weekend, I visited family in Minnesota. While I was there, I witnessed the slow deterioration of my aunt, Rhonda. My aunt has Crohn’s disease, and from what I’ve seen of the disease, I rank it right next to cancer in terms of the most hauntingly desolate things to witness.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects any part of the gastrointestinal tract in the body. The body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, for one reason or another. The disease usually starts up when someone is between the ages of 15 and 30, and those who are younger tend to have the worst cases.

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