Persevering through Sickness

By: Natalie N

Sequencing Sickness

While I am sick

Illness can be very hard to overcome. Working through illness and getting proper medication is a good step to success. By following the steps below regularly, and persevering, you are guaranteed to overcome whatever illness you are facing.

The first step to overcoming illness is to realize your symptoms, realizing that they aren't natural and that you may need medical attention. By doing this, you are saving yourself from further harm. Second, you need to surround yourself with motivating, positive people who would always be there to help you. The next step is pretty obvious, go to a doctor and see what is really going on inside your body. The doctor will also tell you what you can do to get better. Step 4, (this only applies to some situations), take medicine to "cure" or help your body fight your illness. By taking medicine, you can prevent further illness and also fight the one going on! It is also very important to get lots of rest and to eat healthy so that your body has enough energy and nutrients to get better. By eating and sleeping right, your body can win this battle easier and faster. Step 6, (only applies for sore throats/strep throat) drinking soups like chicken noodle soup can help soothe your sore throat. Remember, persevering couldn't hurt either!

In recovery

Once you get over your illness, it's time to recover. Following some of the previous steps will allow you to recover and also prevent you from getting sick again. Eating healthy, sleeping right, yearly doctor visits and taking vitamins can make a huge difference when recovering. This also make sure your body is equipped BEFORE you would get sick again. Plenty of regular exercise can also improve your immune system and help fight off germs. All in all, when you persevere and take care of your body, you are more likely to get over your illness more thoroughly, faster, and easier.


Describing the Dirtiness of Sickness

What is Sickness?

Sickness is by definition, the state of being ill. This means there is something wrong inside your body that deals with your health. Sickness can be hard, or easy to overcome depending on what disease or illness you have.

What are common illnesses?

- a cold

- the flu (seasonal/common or stomach)

- acne

- allergy

- strep throat

What are some effects of the flu?

- 100 degree or higher fever

- cough and/or sore throat

- runny or stuffy nose

- headaches and/or body aches

- chills

- fatigue

- nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

What are some of the effects of the common cold?

- runny or stuffy nose

- cough

- sore throat

- fever

What is the flu?

The flu is an illness you catch from a virus called influenza. The flu can be extremely painful, tiring, and hard to overcome.

"Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. Flu is highly contagious and is usually spread by the coughs and sneezes of a person who is infected." ~Medical News Today

What is the common cold?

"The common cold is a viral infection of you upper respiratory tract -- your nose and throat. A common cold is usually harmless, although it may not feel that way at the time. If it's not a runny nose, sore throat and cough, it's the watery eyes, sneezing and congestion -- or maybe all of the above. In fact, because ant one of more than 100 viruses can cause a common cold, signs and symptoms tend to vary greatly." ~Mayo Clinic Staff

How long does the flu last/how long is it contagious?

"Most people who get the flu feel much better within one or two weeks. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious for a longer period."

How long does the common cold last/how long is it contagious?

"During the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious. This means you can pass the cold to others, so stay home and get some much-needed rest. If cold symptoms do not seem to be improving after a week, you may have a bacterial infection, which means you may need antibiotics"

The cold, hard ef(fact)s of Sickness

There are many causes to sickness. For a cold, it is caused by a virus. The flu is caused by the influenza virus. These sicknesses are awful and have many effects on our body.

The cold makes you have a stuffy or runny nose and have a sore throat. The flu depends on if you have the stomach flu, or seasonal flu. Both of these variations of the flu have different effects. The stomach flu, can result in puking/throwing up and having severe stomach aches. Seasonal flu can result in high fevers, stomach aches and dizziness. Obviously the flu is more severe than the cold but both are a pain in the butt and can be hard to get rid of. The flu and cold are the causes of the symptoms/effects. By knowing the cold, hard effects of these sicknesses, you can further persevere to overcome each and every sickness you will face. And you'll know what to expect!

Comparing Cancer

My grandpa, Gary Davis, and a sweet young girl, Talia Joy, both have something in common, cancer. My grandpa's cancer was located in his colon and was hidden from my brothers and I for a while. Talia was a make up "artist" and even with her loss of hair she managed to get beautiful full makeup, complete with eyebrows and eyelashes. This sickness was alike for my grandpa and Talia because they both had cancer. They both persevered though their cancer and tried to stay positive. Although they both persevered, one case of cancer was stronger and spread very quickly. One of these people died, Talia, young, happy, beautiful girl who was in love with make up. She fought until she no longer had an ounce of fire left within her. These two people are inspiring to me and my family because cancer could happen to any of us, and the fact that my grandpa lived and that Talia kept persevering from this life altering disease is absolutely incredible.

All in all, these two people persevered incredibly and also inspired people while fighting. This proves that no matter how simple/complex your disease or sickness is, persevering can help you overcome it.

Solutions to Sickness

Whether you have the flu, a cold, strep throat, or nausea, there are different ways to treat these sicknesses. There are lots of solutions to get though these things.

Flu, if you have it or have ever had it, then you know just how painful it can really be. A solution to getting the flu, is taking medicine, getting lots of sleep and eating healthy. This will help your body be able to fight off any and all germs that enter your body. Cold. Colds can be such a nuisance! They make it hard to breath and you always sniffle and are constantly having to blow your nose! A solution to having a cold is taking medicine, getting lots of sleep, draining your nose, so you don't get stuffed up, eating healthy food and drinking soup so that you stay nice and warm and so your throat can get soothed by the broth. Having step throat is horrible! This illness has similar solutions to the cold. Take medicine, eat healthy, drink soup, and get plenty of sleep!