Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Simple Breakdown

Salutations, internet dwellers! As promised I shall now discuss what exactly Huntington's disease (HD) is and what it does to people.





Huntington's is a neurodegenerative disease. This means that Huntington's causes the deterioration of brain cells and like most neurodegenerative diseases, it is fatal. It is a genetic disease and is passed down from parent to child. A child with a parent who has HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the gene that causes Huntington's which is called huntingtin. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.  
(Please check out the website for more information and ways you can help)


Once the onset of the disease takes hold the individual has about 10 to 20 years to live. Symptoms of HD include involuntary movement, mood swings, slurred speech and others. I included a video so you all can see the toll this terrible disease has on people and their family members. This disease is not an attacker of individuals- it takes its toll on everyone that person loves as well.

I stated I didn't know why this disease took a hold of me which technically is false.These people live with something they know will rob them of themselves slowly and have it effect everyone around them. Living with that knowledge and burden is just simply mind blowing to me and it struck a nerve. I want to help in any way I can. I'm currently working on a project to try and get a curriculum going for the general public to help spread awareness. There is power in knowledge, dearie.

Please comment with any questions and I will be happy to try and answer them for you. Until next time,


Live Long and Prosper <3

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dreams

Salutations, internet dwellers! In a previous post I asked what your dreams and aspirations were and I feel like I have never really discussed mine. So let me tell you about my crazy goals and dreams.
 
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I don't know about you guys but I used to be a HUGE fan of the show House. Some would say I was obsessed but I think overenthusiastic is a more accurate description. Anyways, a character from the show had a disease called Huntington's, a neurodegenerative disease (I will write a separate post just on the disease). As I watched her character progress and learned snippets about the disease I decided to do research on it. I watched countless of videos and read articles and journals about it. I can't honestly tell you the exact reason why this disease caught my heart like it did yet four years later and I'm still looking at videos, reading books and articles about Huntington's. My goal, as silly as it sounds, is to find a cure for said disease. I understand that it's highly improbable that this will happen in my lifetime yet I still want to fight that fight and spread awareness about it whenever I can.

Those are my goals and dreams, dearies. Go big or go home, amirite? Until next time


Live Long and Prosper <3

Monday, September 21, 2015

University Life

Salutations my beloved internet dwellers! My deepest apologies for my absence yet Uni has taken over my mind, body and soul. This is what I look like all day, everyday:
I feel like exhaustion is just simply part of the college experience (as well as life, honestly) so I'm trying not to sweat it. So to recap what has occurred so far- I did NOT continue with Quidditch. After one practice I realized many things I did not know about myself. For instance, my ability to get injured has NOT gone away with age as I had thought it had. I was the only one to get injured at this practice and it took place only an hour into the practice. Practice, by the way, is three hours long which leads to me something else I learned.  My  need to keep up is VERY strong which was displayed by not sitting out for the rest of the practice even though I could no longer run  which is vital in Quidditch. I quickly hobbled around with a PVC pipe between my legs for the remaining two hours and tried not to anger my team mates too much (failed on epic proportions with that one). I also learned that tackling huge guys is not something I am willing to do in the name of sports and sadly about half of the opposing team consisted of really big guys. SO between the injury, the big guys,  the fact that I wake up too early to stay at school so late and run around for three hours and all my academic responsibilities lead me to my decisions to cease Quidditch.

Other things that have passed include first exams and quizzes and many, many, many cups of coffee. As I stated previously, my life is nothing but school and just a dash of work so nothing tantalizing I'm afraid. I do hope to muster up a post that isn't journal-like yet I wonder if there is something you all would like to see me post? I am totally open to suggestions!

Until next time, dearies

Live long and Prosper <3 

*image retrieved from Weheartit

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A new adventure begins!



Salutations my enchanting internet dwellers! So on Monday morning I woke up at 5:30 AM (thank goodness I'm a morning person) for my first day as a Nole. The gif below was basically my reaction/feelings on said morning.


I was overjoyed for my summer break to end  so I could get back to school. If you don't recall from my previous post or could not gather it from that statement- I'm a bit of a nerd.It's just that I love learning and growing as a person so not being in that environment was agonizing. Now the wait is over and I'm nearly done with my first week. So far it has gone preposterously well! All my classes are extremely stimulating and I have begun to look into research projects I would like to become a part of. I am honestly so happy with all these opportunities I have been given and although I am slightly intimidated I cannot wait to tackle them all and show the world what I know I am capable of. 

Are you currently in school? If so, what are your current goals and aspirations? If you're not, when you were in school what were you interested in/decided to do? Let me know in the comments dearies!

Until next time


Live Long and Prosper <3


Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Outlook on Life

Salutations my lovely internet dwellers! If you had not noticed by my sign off...I'm a bit of a nerd. Anyone who follows me on Tumblr or is friends with me on Facebook will be bombarded by science related posts or Harry Potter/Sherlock/Orphan Black/Star Trek posts. This is my way of life. So when I saw this following image I immediately fell in love and decided to try to live my life with this outloook:
Seriously though, how perfect is this?! Some background on this -I am what most people would call a cynic. I am skeptical of everyone and their motives and when I saw this at the beginning of this year it struck a nerve with me and I decided I was done with that. I look around me and I see a lot of people are so cynical nowadays and I'm/was utterly tired of it. It is way easier to be cynical than it is to be happy and positive and I do love me a challenge! So I decided not to follow the cynical hype and try to stay positive. I can't say I have been positive 100% of the time but when I feel like I'm slipping back into my cynical ways I just think of this image and I try harder and I can honestly say am a much happier and far more pleasant person to be around with this new change.

What do you guys do to keep you staying positive, dearies? Listen to a particular song? Look at pictures of adorable animals? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time

Live long and prosper <3

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Here we go again!




Salutations! My dear internet dwellers, I have soooo much to tell you! If you had not noticed (which wouldn't be surprising, honestly) that I have been absent for a very long time. This is because I had decided about two years ago that I couldn't continue with this blog because I felt like I wasn't capable of creating entertaining content for you guys. Then suddenly I had this urge to write for you guys again so here we go!

So two years has passed since I've written anything and a lot has happened. I've finished my A.A at the local community college and earned a 4.0 in my last semester there. I was accepted into FSU and into their undergraduate research group and will participate in their Quidditch team (pictures, I promise). I am overjoyed with all the opportunities heading my way and I cannot wait to share it with all of you. Before I took my absence I said I would be posting about things other than just using this blog as a diary and I still plan on doing that. I will be posting studying tips, science related information (I'm a biology major-science is a major part of my life), pictures of activities/things I like and a slew of other things. I will try to keep a schedule for posting so these gaps will not occur. Until then my dears




Live long and prosper <3