Letters to my teachers

To My Teachers,
It’s funny how large of an impression my teachers have left upon my life. Sure, you taught me facts, you taught me how to study, and you taught me how to stay organized. However, you also taught me other much more important things. You taught me to love learning. You never gave up on me, or my classmates, regardless of how frustrating we could be. You always took a deep breath and pushed forward because you knew that one day the work you did would make a difference.
Maybe you aren’t told this often enough, but without you, I wouldn’t be the strong, confident woman I am today. You made me believe in myself, when I felt that I was at my lowest. You gave me confidence in more ways than one. By acknowledging my perseverance, intelligence, creativity, ability, and personality, you showed me that I was really worth something, even when I felt absolutely worthless.
I guess what I’m saying is, thank you. Thank you for keeping my spirits up when I needed it the most. Thank you for spending extra time with me so I could understand, not only the material in your class, but myself better. Thank you for each late night you spent working, unpaid, not sleeping, to get things done to better my educational experience. Thank you for being one of the biggest stepping stones in the path of my professional career.
You also offered something that many others didn’t during school: genuine support and unfailing friendships. You were an open, unjudging ear. You always knew what to do or say, even when it came to problems with parents. You always seemed to know the best way to handle difficult situations, and you were eager to help students in any way you possibly could.
Most of all, everyone can tell, you genuinely love what you do. Your passion is unfailing, and your kindred spirit is evident in your unwillingness to give up on any student, even the “problem” ones.
Thank you for deciding to shape mine, and many others’ future. Thank you for guiding us in the right direction, being there for us when having support was crucial, and most of all, thank you for deciding to be a teacher.
I guess that’s what saying goodbye is always like, jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do about it. And that’s when you learn to fly.

Arrian Madden


Letters to my nurses 

Dear Nurses,
Many of you have got to know me and my family very well. Whether it be from sitting with me several days or once a month for several years. I just wanted to thank you. Many of you have become more than a nurse you have become a friend.

Getting treatment like I have for several years and just growing with you. You will never know how much you mean to me.
Getting treatment at home has been a lifesaver for not just me but for my family as well. Before i started treatment through home care services. We would have to get up early to drive to the hospital then i would sit in an uncomfortable hospital bed for 6+ hours with my mom and sometimes brother and dad in a chair next to me. Then we would drive another hour to get back home. A whole day gone, another day at school gone, and another day at work gone. That is until we started going through home care services. You brought something that was so uncomfortable and time consuming to our home. Every month we looked forward to your company and learning about what you had done during the past month. You let us vent about our problems and let us into your life as well. We learned many things about you and your families. Thank you for being there for us and letting us into your life.

While some you were sitting at home with my family and I, the others were at school helping me get through my day. Most of the time when I was in pain, not feeling good, or just didn’t have class your office was my escape. You would let me be pain or drama free for a while. Over the years you would become close to me. You would edit my homework for the third time. I have got to know you where if I would make a joke you knew I wasn’t serious about it. When I needed to vent whether it be about class, family, friends, or the future you would always be an there ready to listen. Not many people get to be close with the faculty at school but I was more than I was with the students. You were one of those people. Thank you for always allowing me into your office with open arms. Thank you for all you have done.


Arrian Madden

It’s Been a Month

It been a month since many others and I lost a very good friend. Jennie hoeft wasn’t just my friend she was my camp counselor. Since my first year at camp MASH (Make Arthirits Stop Hurting) at age eleven, I was scared because I didn’t know anyone and this would be the first time I’d be away from home. Jennie was the first person to greet me when I came off of the long Minnesota bus ride. The very first time I met her she ran up and gave me a hug. She had the brightest smile than anyone I ever knew. Since that very first day we grew closer, I barely left her side. She would never leave me out of activities even though I was in a wheelchair. Being said every time we used the elevator we would try to fit 15 girls plus a wheelchair into a small elevator leaving it to beep from being held to long. Everyday she would wake us up with her singing, but we didn’t care cause it was Jennie.
Her death has had a huge impact on people she knew and on the lupus committee. Jennie passed away from complications from Lupus. She was 27. The impact of Jennie showed on how many people attended to her funeral-over 500. Jennie was so young, even though she may have been in pain. She always had the brightest smile. She never let anyone down. She was always there for people.
My world and camp will never be the same, but I know we all will always live with her spirits in our hearts!
Jennie you taught me to live with high spirits and to always smile no matter what! From you favorite movie The Lion King Hakuna Matata and the circle of life, live without worry and live freely.

I leave you with our camp song that we always sing at our camp closing ceremony.

Sometimes in our lives

We all have pain, we all have sorrow

But if we are wise

We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on

For it won’t be long

‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

Please, swallow your pride

If I have things you need to borrow

For no one can fill those of your needs

That you won’t let show

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on

I just might have a problem that you’ll understand

We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on

For it won’t be long

‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.


Inspirational Teacher 🙏🏻


Inspirational Teacher

When I read this earlier I had a lot of teachers popped into my head when I read it like Mr. TK,(even though not a lot of people like him.) Mr. JS, and Mrs. AP(who moved last year.) then I had one major teacher struck me.

Mrs. JM even though she was first my teacher in 6th and 7th grade I still think about her everyday. I memorized her birthday because it is 3 days before mine. Each year at the beginning and end of the school year I think about her, because she had her knee replaced the summer before I had my hip replacement. She will always be one of the teachers who have inspired me as well as the others. Just to let you know I still talk to them even Mrs. JM who retired last summer.

Today I sent this same link to her here is what she said “OMG, I read the article and did not at that time know this was sent to me. Talk about crying. I am doing that right now. Thank you so much, as that is why I went into teaching and you have made my 40 years of teaching even more worthwhile today.
I mean it from the bottom of my heart. Words cannot express my feeling right now.
Love to you, and it makes me so happy that I touched you in that positive way. Holy Mackerel, I have to stop crying.
You also inspired me, trust me. You have been mature beyond your years as long as I have known you. Like I said before, you will be so good for the kids you will work with in the future. You have the empathy and experience that will touch so many lives.

Mrs. JM” forever in my heart!!!



My Best Friend

“you are my friend, my spirit, my influence towards success. There is no replacement of you. You are the best and will be best forever. I love you my dearest mom.”-Unknown

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I have a lot of influential people in my life, such as teachers, doctors, nurses, friends, and family. There is one that I admire most out of all of them, my mom. There are many reasons to admire my mom. I find that I admire my mom the most because she raised three children by herself for ten years, she will do anything for her children, and she is pursuing her dream.

I admire my mom because she raised my brothers and I for eight years by herself. My mom was only eighteen when she had me, at nineteen she had my brother, then at twenty-five she had my other brother. My mom not only had to raised us by herself, but she had to deal with me being handicap. When I was six months old I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I was on a lot of medications and chemotherapy. On top of that I was hospitalized a lot. My mom was not able to keep a stable job because of my disease so we also had financial struggles. When I was ten my mom met my step-dad and had my youngest brother, since they have been together our struggles have become a lot easier. Until I had sepsis which had caused my lungs and organs shut down. I ended up losing my toes and fingertips, during this time my parents had to send my youngest brother to his grandma’s which is two hours away. This was such a big struggle for my mother because, she not only was losing her oldest child, but she also had to send her youngest a ways who was only six months old. For any mother it would have been hard, but my mom did not quit she kept going. Now here we are as strong as ever.

My mom is the most influential person in my life because she will do anything for her children. My mom will will fight for us. When I was five I was put on a chemotherapy that made me very sick and she took me off of it even when the doctors didn’t. She helped them realize that she not only was right, but it was making me very sick. She didn’t want anyone who would hurt us in our life, so she blocked them from her life to protect us.

My mom is admirable because after all her challenges she is now perusing her dream. When I was five my mom graduated with a degree in medical assistance. She didn’t work as a medical assistant because my needs were too much on top of taking care of wor king. She wanted to put all her attention towards us. My sophomore year of high school she went back, this spring she will graduate from college for psychology. She decided that she could put all her challenges towards pursuing her dreams and helping people. She is hoping to go to doctorate college to become a doctor in psychology. My mom has also been writing a book about her life and wants to publish it when all of us are older so it doesn’t have a backlash towards us. Everyone who has read it said that it will be a best seller. I am so proud of my mom. Of what all she has accomplished in her life.

I admire my mom the most in my because she raised three children by her self for ten years, she will do anything for her children, and she is pursuing her dream. My mom has accomplished many things in her short life and will only accomplish more as she pursues her life. Everyone in my family is very proud of her. I would not want anyone else for a mom.