Lifespan Interview

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Lifespan Interview The Story of My 18 Year Old Brother Chelsea Valentine ESSE 313 Part One: Overall Observations
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Born on June 21, 1992 on Yokota Air Force Base in Japan, my brother is now an eighteen-year-old freshman at the College of the Albemarle where he plays baseball for the school. Monetarily dependent on our upper middle class parents, he lives in an off campus apartment during the school year and most of the summer. It is here that this interview took place. My younger brother’s apartment is spotless and, as I enter, I notice that he is meticulously groomed as usual. We take a seat on his living room couch and, much to my surprise, he appears anxious about the impending questioning. While I would consider us to have a close relationship, he is not one who enjoys talking about his life and emotions. By the end of this lifespan interview, I learned a great deal about what has made my brother the person he is and, as a reader, I feel that you will be moved by his story. Part Two: The Questions Physical Dimension Standing at approximately six feet and made up of at least 160 pounds of what appears to be muscle, it is apparent that my brother takes great pride in his physical health and appearance. Upon introducing his physical dimension as our first topic of discussion, I could literally see the interest sweep across his face and his physical demeanor change. This was short lived, however, as I started with his physical development during childhood. The first question I asked regarded the changes he has seen from childhood to adolescence. 2
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With the smile fading from his face, my brother began to discuss the difficulties he endured physically as a child. Plagued by asthma from a very early age and bullied due to his small size, my brother’s small stature during childhood was obviously a difficult subject for him to discuss. A story that stood out in his mind, and one that I had forgotten over the years, described an asthma attack that occurred while he was under anesthesia for surgery. The complication caused great difficulty waking him up and left him in the hospital for three days. With no hereditary predispositions to the condition, being born underweight and having a mother that smokes is most likely what sparked the illness in my brother. While asthma gave my brother his fair share of problems during early childhood, he recalls “growing out of it” by the time he was in fourth grade. This change follows the trend that most children see a reduction in symptoms by the age of seven or eight which can be caused by the increase in the number of red blood cells, and consequently the ability to carry oxygen from the lungs to the heart. The next change that my brother discussed was what many would call his “growth spurt.” Unbeknownst to me, my brother told me of several cases where he can remember being bullied physically during his elementary school years. Much like the other 20 percent of child that are victimized, my brother was most
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2010 for the course ESSE 313 taught by Professor Hecht during the Spring '10 term at Old Dominion.

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