Stress Smore

By: Vivian Micciche

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What is Stress?

Stress is your bodies way of reacting to a demand/threat

Stressful Situation: Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only officially recognized by the Japanese government as surviving both atomic bombs. At the age of 29 he was on a 3-month long business trip to Hiroshima and was supposed to return home on August 6th. Yamaguchi was heading to the shipyard where he worked for a final time when the bomb hit. He was "sucked from the ground, spun in the air like a tornado and sent hurtling into a nearby potato patch" (History.com). Yamaguchi was less than 2 miles away from where the bomb hit. He was badly burned and both of his eardrums were ruptured. He spent the night in an air-raid shelter and the next day, August 7th, headed home to Nagasaki. He arrived home on August 8th, he was so badly injured that his own family could not recognize him "His mother thought he was a ghost" (Independent.co.uk). Despite this, he went to work the next day and had to give a report to his supervisor who accused him of being mad, while Yamaguchi was trying to explain himself the second bomb hit. Luckily Yamaguchi was in an enclosed area surrounded by hills so the effects of the bomb were muffled but the impact was still devastating, the windows were destroyed and so was a lot of the building. He was, again, less than 2 miles away from ground zero. "He, his wife and baby son survived and spent the following week in a shelter" (guardian.com). He later recovered and went on to live a relatively normal life until his death in 2010 at the age of 93.
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Solutions for Stress