The Mystery Disease


Well, when 4th grade started, I returned to school. Imagine how scared I felt! I was put into a small class and the teacher was very nice to me. I made some friends, even though I was still pretty big, but I didn't think about that much so it was ok. A couple of weeks later, I noticed that I didn't know my multiplication tables or how to spell correctly, so basically I couldn't keep up with my class work. Luckily, I got help. Even though my parents thought it would be good to stay back a year, I convinced them that it would only make things harder for me. 

So the next year I went on to the 5th grade. It was great! I felt like I was totally cured, even though I know that I will never really be cured, since I must take medicine for the rest of my life. I also have to have blood tests four times a year and travel to the states every year for medical tests. Even so, I finally felt like my old self, like the sickness was only a memory. 

Finally, I made it!

What you need to remember when you meet kids with medical problems is that they are just like you, and that they're probably having a really hard time adjusting to what's wrong with them. In my case it felt like I didn't have a friend in the world. I wish that everyone would remember the old saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say about someone, then don't say anything!" 

Thank you for reading my story.
Good-bye. Katie -- age 14, Tokyo, Japan

Thyroid disorders in children

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004