A Study On My Sister Julia 's Story, The Banner That Hung Directly Over The Junior Class

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#StayStrongJulia read the banner that hung directly over the junior class. As I walked out into the middle of the gymnasium, the chanting grew louder and louder. "Stay strong Julia" was repeated over and over. I found myself in a unique situation, holding a microphone in front of 1,500 of my peers, a senior in high school with a message to deliver. As the all-school pep rally quieted down, the emotion leaked into my voice as I began to tell my sister Julia 's story to the crowd. Just one year younger than me, a junior at East High school, my sister had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in her temporal lobe. Spontaneous blackouts while driving were the symptoms that sent her to the hospital for an MRI. The specific type of tumor the doctors found had a history of being malignant, and she was scheduled for immediate surgery. Standing before this crowd, I had a chance to equip them with a basic understanding of her condition, and further mobilize them to support her with cards, visits, and even hashtags. As a senior in high school, I had no idea how important this kind of social support was for the healing process. I am incredibly glad I self-taught Psychology 101 so I could sign into higher level psychology classes like Adult and Health Psychology. My Health Psychology class taught me to understand the medical process through the biopsychosocial approach, where psychological and social factors contribute to the overall health of a person. In our discussion about stress, I

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