Issue 12 | June 22, 2012 | Dates to Remember
Bradley Smith is the son of Laurel Smith, one of our NARHS advisors in Yakima, Washington, who has a story of "overcoming" that might give some insight into those teenage years. Read about the struggles in his life that turned from lemons into lemonade under FEATURED STUDENT.
August 31 is an important date every year because that is the date that the school year officially ends for our students. All work completed between the dates of the previous September 1 and August 31 needs to be organized into a portfolio to present to the assigned advisor. If part of a text course was finished, partial credit will be awarded for the school year.
August 31 is also important to the people who have a "grandfathered" tuition rate. In order for that rate to stay "uninterrupted", the yearly tuition should be paid by that date.
October 31 is likewise an important date. All portfolios need to be sent or postmarked by then to avoid a late fee charge of $25. If you have never put a portfolio together before, we would like to help you by answering any questions you might have. Please call your advisor or the main office if we can assist you in any way. 1-800-882-2828 (Silvia, Laurel, Becky or April)
FEATURED STUDENTS: Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith was a 14 year-old student attending public school when illness struck. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in August, just weeks before the new school year was to begin.
Considering now the need to stabilize his physical condition, and the fact that his state-certified teacher-mother was already going to be teaching children from a home schooling family, it seemed like a having Bradley join them was an ideal solution.
Four years later, Bradley was willing to reflect on that crisis candidly. When asked what was hard about that time, he explained that it took months to come to terms with having a disease that could take his life. The realization of his predicament caused him to lean on his parents for support, guidance, and strength. His mother remembers that before the diagnosis, Bradley had entered a trying time displaying attitudes which some might regard as fairly typical for young teens. But when he was shaken by this serious news, he turned to his parents and the resulting closeness among the three is now awesome to behold.
But what did he gain from this experience? was the next question. "Needles don't bother me anymore," was his quip. But seriously, he wanted to let me know that he became deeply aware of how his God was taking care of him on a daily basis. His mom being ready and willing to home school him gave his emotions a safety-net of comfort. By studying his condition and finding ways to gain control, he will satisfy his health credit while at the same time becoming healthier.
When asked how he regarded himself as an overcomer, Bradley reflected on how he was determined not to let the disease rob him of his natural optimism. He viewed the opportunity to go to camp last year for a month as a good trial for him to monitor the blood sugar levels on his own. If he could make it for a month, maybe college away from home would also be a possibility. He has also overcome the awkward feelings of being different, by being open about his struggles and inviting people to ask questions. During our visit, he showed me the insulin pump and explained how it worked. His natural friendly, energetic manner makes it seem like "no big deal" except I know otherwise. After he obtains his science degree from Oregon State in Corvallis, he hopes to become a physician's assistant like his dad. With all that Bradley has going for him in terms of attitude, energy and friendliness, I have to say that if the old proverb is correct, this young man should be just fine, "A merry heart makes good like medicine."