[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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[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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