Battling Illness and Academic Struggles

We all know how great it is to skip a school day; being able to lie around and not having to worry about anything. However, what if the circumstances were different? Instead of missing one day, it was three. Each day you were terribly ill to the point that it majorly affected you, both physically and mentally. And to top it off, your grades continually drop as the quarter’s deadline approaches. 

During your time sick, your body is in complete and utter pain, all day. You’re unable to do any physical activity and even turning to a different side makes you nauseous. The worst part is when you get hungry because it’s almost impossible to keep any food down long enough to enjoy it, sometimes even with water. The only way you can find any kind of peace is by trying to sleep laying in a cold, dark room, with no noise in between cold and hot flashes. 

Your mental side isn’t safe either. Not seeing or having any human contact, besides family members, quickly becomes very lonesome. “You may feel sad when you’re sick because what is happening to your body can also negatively affect your mood.” (Right as Rain, by UW Medicine).  

The best part of your day, you would think, is when you finally get to rest for multiple hours, right? It probably would be if you got to sleep for more than two hour intervals throughout the entire night. No, the best part of the day is when you get better, catch up on your assignments, and breathe a sigh of relief when you’re able to look back and laugh about it. 


Aiden Bethers

He is a very athletic individual. Aiden has done soccer in his freshman and sophomore years, and is planning on doing tennis and volleyball for junior year. Aiden has gotten A’s since junior high, because he is a big nerd and doesn't have a life lol. Aiden is a part of NHS and is planning on joining other clubs. He once broke an AC unit with only a butter knife. This is his first year in journalism and is excited to be trained by the best editors there have ever been, Sydni and Ariel. He wants to make the newspaper the best it’s ever been by bringing new and interesting perspectives to the table. He wants to be the most decorated senior in his grade, valedictorian of his class, as well as general sterling scholar.