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My Lifeline


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Counseling 20 - Assignment #3

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My Lifeline

  1. 1. My Lifeline By Jessica Lynn Wamsley
  2. 2. April 15 th , 1986 MY D.O.B <ul><li>3:43 p.m., @ St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, CA. I am safely delivered. </li></ul><ul><li>In the late evening, under the code name El Dorado Canyon, the United States launched a series of military air strikes against ground targets inside Libya. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Childhood Best Friend <ul><li>I was born 4 months after Jenna, my childhood best friend, whom I considered my sister. We grew up on the same street, west 79 th St., and were inseparable. We spent every minute of everyday together, being care free. Jenna now lives in San Diego. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sweethearts <ul><li>My first boyfriend!  </li></ul><ul><li>~1992~ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Easter in Solvang <ul><li>When I was a little girl, my dad would take me up to Solvang, CA to visit relatives and spend Easter. I would get a chance to learn about animals and life outside of the city. I loved it. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hard Times <ul><li>1989, I was three years old when my parents separated. I didn’t know what was going on then, but as time went on, living in a single parent household and essentially having two different families always in competition, was wearing. </li></ul><ul><li>1993, my parents were legally divorced and reality set it. There wouldn’t be any reconciliation and my picture perfect dream family was crushed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Injuries <ul><li>1994: My first, of many, broken bones from the first day of little league practice on the Cubs. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1994 Earthquake <ul><li>I was spending the weekend with my Dad for visitation and my mom was home alone. I was awoken to the whole apartment shaking and my father jumping on top of me in order to protect me from his bedside weight bench. (We had a 1 bedroom) </li></ul><ul><li>Once the shaking stops, we realize we are trapped in the bedroom from a fallen bookcase in the hall. I begin to panic about not being with both mom and dad. My dad and I get out safely, but still have no way to contact my mom, who is home alone and deathly terrified of earthquakes. During every one of the multiple after shocks all I could see was my mom, crying all alone. I will never forget that night, feeling so hopeless in helping my own mom. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Transition Stages <ul><li>(Top) I walked down these stairs every morning of 6 th grade, for the last year I would spend with the same group of school friends I had since pre-school. I had no idea that I would be leaving Westchester Lutheran School. (1990-1998) </li></ul><ul><li>(Bottom) (1998-2004)I transferred to Windward School, on account of my Grandma more or less ‘requiring” that I accept the offer. Now, I had to build totally new friendships with complete strangers. I attended Windward from 7 th – 12 th grade, at which point I graduated in June of 2004. I left for college at Loyola University, New Orleans in August. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 9/11 <ul><li>On September 11, 2001 terrorists attack on United States soil and nearly 3,000 people perished in less than two hours . </li></ul><ul><li>I will never forget my dad waking me up that morning and telling me to hurry and come watch the news and the WTC Tower 1 had fallen. I thought it was a dream. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Halloween <ul><li>Halloween is a special holiday for my family, as they moved into our family home on Halloween night, 1959. </li></ul><ul><li>Above are two pictures from the last Halloween I spent with my beloved Grandma. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Everything Happens For A Reason <ul><li>I started school in early September, 2004 with the intention of playing Volleyball for Loyola. There was an immediate climate change that my body was forced to undergo. Going from 18 years next to the beach, to the humidity of the South was devastating for me. I came to the realization that this was not the place for me to excel academically if I could not get over the heat sickness. Volleyball was not an option at this point. I came home to miss one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history, Hurricane Katrina. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Grandma Bertie <ul><li>2003: My favorite Grandma, idol, and inspiration in life is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. She has been there for me since the day I was born, and even before that, since my parents first began dating in 1978.As a family, we want to keep her in our family home for at-home care 24 hours a day. Myself, as well as two other caregivers, took on the responsibility of caring for my Grandma and taking over 90% of her daily tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>2005: Within two years, her condition worsens dramatically and by the grace of God, we are connected with a doctor at UCLA conducting an experimental study on Alzheimer’s patients. His method uses a weekly injection of Enbrel ® into the nape of the neck. My family thanks God and Dr. Tobinick daily for the next and last two years of Grandma Bertie’s life. She was able to have a great quality of life before she passed that would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Tobinick and his incredible love for helping people. </li></ul><ul><li>The early morning of February 15, 2007 I hear someone pounding on my front door. I answer dazed and confused to see my mother who quickly says, “It’s your Grandma…” I respond, “Which one, is she okay!?”… “Grandma Bertie, its not good” she informs me. I break down while I get dressed quicker than ever before. I get to the hospital to hear the news…there is nothing we can do. She has had a hemorrhagic stroke in her sleep and has been bleeding out into her brain for some time. My Grandma did not want to be kept alive on machines so we made the decision not too. We were given 48 hrs at most. She made it 6 more days. She died at home, peacefully with our entire family around her on February 21 st , 2007, four days before her 86 th birthday. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Only Gone From Sight <ul><li>The loss of my Grandma Bertie was very hard on me as I became extremely close with her before she passed. I always want to have a way to remember her, no matter what. If I was ever sad, just her presence would take all my pain away. This great bond I had with my Grandma before her death sparked the decision to get my first tattoo. An early photo of my Grandma. (August 17 th 2007) </li></ul>
  15. 15. September 2005 <ul><li>I am now a current student at Santa Monica College!!! I take my Math & English Assessment tests and decide to enroll in History 20 and Psychology 1, while working 25-30 hrs per week. </li></ul><ul><li>I keep on this pace of being a part-time student while working 20-30hrs/wk consistently until now, my last semester at SMC. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Accomplishments <ul><li>High School Graduation- June 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Career Certificate in Fitness and Nutrition from Penn Foster- 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Certified in Personal Training- 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Certified in CPR- 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>1 st time ever on Deans List- Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation from SMC with Associates Degree- June 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education by end of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>B.S. in Holistic Health by end of 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with children in the health/sports industry as a career. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Specific Lifelong Goals <ul><li>Obtain my education, up to a Bachelor’s Degree by age 26. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a career in the Health Industry specifically working with children. </li></ul><ul><li>Be HAPPILY married.  </li></ul><ul><li>Own a home and vehicle. </li></ul><ul><li>Have 2-3 children. </li></ul><ul><li>Be stable monetarily, physically, and emotionally. </li></ul><ul><li>Be in a monetarily stable position to support sick family members in need. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up an active lifestyle to ensure longevity and good health for myself and for my future family. </li></ul><ul><li>Have FUN! </li></ul><ul><li>Have traveled to at least France, Italy, Germany, and Spain by 2050. </li></ul><ul><li>Death Date:7/11/2076 </li></ul>