Acknowledging my family’s support

Muscle Memories

Now that I am older, I can more easily understand how helpless they must have felt in not being able to find a definitive cure. They offered their emotional support throughout my medical journey and gave me the ability to try a variety of treatment options.
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Delaying my diagnosis

Muscle Memories

“When were you diagnosed?” is a question that continues to haunt me to this day. Throughout my life, every pulmonologist to neurologist has asked me this question, but the problem is that I don’t have an exact answer. Having a rare medical condition means that the exact moment of being
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Artist, interrupted

Work in Progress

Life is really funny: I watched “Girl, Interrupted” for the first time just a few weeks before I landed myself in a psychiatric ward a month and a half ago.
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What are you in for?

On My Mind

Many UC Berkeley students struggle with mental illness, but in our obsession with maintaining a facade of perfection, we often neglect our mental health.
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UC Berkeley students share their scar stories

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Joan Didion once astutely said. Scars, in a strange way, act as physical markers to remind us of key events in the imposed narrative in which we view our lives. They serve as permanent proof of our experiences whether we like them or not,
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Fixing a drinking problem

CAMPUS ISSUES: The campus community cannot let alcohol hospitalizations define our campus — we must find solutions and work together.

The eight hospital visits in one night prompted by extreme alcohol consumption during this year’s Welcome Week are a sobering reminder of the pervasive “binge-drinking” culture that affects college students nationwide. Six of the eight cases reported by UCPD between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. last Monday originated from university
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