I have a friend that told me that when she turned 50 she quit sleeping well. It started with me three years ago. I just have such trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. And now when I do fall asleep, I wake up a couple hours into my slumber because I have to pee. That is new too and I hate it. Getting old is a drag.
Please let me die by Juliet Macur
This is a three-part article about a woman suffering from anorexia named Casi Florida. It is without a doubt the best description of what it would be like to live with the disease and students will love it. It is a fairly long piece but it is fantastic. Originally appearing in the Dallas Morning News in 2001, the article details Casi Florida's school girl entry into the world of running and how that helped her overcome some homelife issues. She was an excellent runner and colleges were recruiting her but it became apparent that she had an eating disorder so many of the bigger schools were turned off. She wound up at a smaller school and that's when she hit bottom with the disease.
Article: 9 of 10
The opening few paragraphs show Casi at the bottom of her anorexia battle and it is absolutely horrifying. She has been in bed for seven days.She was such a wreck that the pressure on her scalp from brushing her hair caused her to lose control of her bowels. The story is vividly told and the reader cares about Florida. The disease is the co-star and Macur informs the reader all about it by illustrating Florida's life and death battle.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Kids love drama and despair. The saddest real life stories are the ones they latch onto and this one fits the bill. The writing is nice and can definitely be looked at but the story is king here. There are just some things students should be exposed to and eating disorders belong on that list. This article addresses it in a fascinating way and wonderful discussion could follow the readings.