Family History And Support System Essay

846 Words Sep 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Marla Gibbs identified the following: “There are no accidents; we 're all teachers- if we 're willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door” (as cited in Freedom Resources Center for Independent Living [Freedom RC], 2015). This quotes resonates with the elder project because I learned more about my neighbor Jeanne.
Family History and Support System
Jeanne is an 81 female, who is the only child of Herbert and Clara. Both, Herbert owned a grocery store a few blocks from their home (born in 1905; died in April of 1984). Clara was a stay at home mother (born in 1907; died in February of 1973). Herbert was an active smoker and drinker; he was diagnosed with lung cancer and died from the lung cancer. Clara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at a young age. The doctors had originally stated that she would not be able to ever have children. Fortunately, she was able to have Jeanne with no complications, but was not able to have any other children nor was she able to adopt.
Jeanne stated that her grandmother had cancer. Otherwise, Jeanne stated there was no family history from what she could recall including no history of the following: diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders, bleeding disorders, or other musculoskeletal issues. Jeanne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She has lived all her life within the same area, just…

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