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My Journey to Become a Journalist With 22q Deletion Syndrome

I graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Journalism and Professional Writing, which is almost unheard of for a lot of people with 22q deletion syndrome. I also have a driver’s license, so I guess I’m luckier than most, but it doesn’t always feel that way.

When applying for jobs, I’m often left wondering if I should even list that I have a learning disability or a rare disease, since I struggle with math more than English. After I shared my story on the 22q support forum, someone from the 22q organization asked if they could interview me. Although I said yes, I was somewhat baffled.

When I was younger, I went to an Islamic school after spending elementary at a public school. I struggled to try to catch up to others in my

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It was around the time of the Day of the Dead, that time when we think of loved ones lost, when I got the early-morning email that Nathan unexpectedly passed. I was shocked. Nathan took me on my first skydive. That day was electric, one of the most exciting of my life. How could it possibly be?
This week we are exploring EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE & how you can choose your attitude. Peaches the Buddha Princess teaches that if you resist nothing you will receive unconditional love. What that really means in our real lives today is that if we just show up, put our very best foot forward, hold our palms out instead of raising our fists, then the energy of the Universe will flow through us in positive, constructive ways.I’ve written before about the idea that emotions are subjective, conscious experiences that link our interpretation of a given moment to a biological reaction creating a particular mental state.

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