My Misinformation

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“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.” —Charles Swindoll

One of my first concrete memories takes place at a park near my childhood home. A child pushed me off the swings on the playground and I was enraged, however, before I could react my mother’s voice chimed in, reminding me to treat other the way I want to be treated. At that young age—I think I was three—I couldn’t wrap my head around the concept. If someone treated me badly I figured I should have been allowed to return the favor.
As a teenager, the true meaning of my mother’s worst became clear. I’m a multi-racial Jew. As a result, I’ve heard every reaction under the sun since people are unaccustomed to Black Jews. By the time I entered high school
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My brother was arrested soon after and my father was asked by a Jewish court to move out temporarily in response to the physical and emotional abuse he was responsible for. Within days my entire school and community heard rumors of sexual abuse. I was asked by students, teachers, and administrators alike if it was true, how I could do such a thing—misinformation is a terrible thing—and worse of all, if I made it up. How I reacted would set the precedent, therefore, I stood tall, continued going to school and graduated with my class.
Years later, during the first week of my senior year of high school I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. I reacted strategically—I continued going to school until my surgery, chose to keep the work load I would have otherwise had and decided that cancer would never stop me from being who I want to be.
My experience, as one of the top students in my high school during a long and hard battle with cancer will inspire people. I’m not letting what happened to me define. I’m not a statistic, I’m not a stereotype. I reacted to abuse by getting me and my family out of a horrible life; part of my goal was to teach my siblings to stand up for themselves and never let anyone treat them the way our family
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