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.


Just one more day

The link

There is just 1 day left till the walk to cure juvenile arthritis aka JAM. Juvenile arthritis affect 300,000 children including me. In 2007 I was scheduled to have a stem cell transplant, but 2 weeks before I was scheduled to have I went into septic shock. Having going into septic shock I was in a coma for 2 months and in rehabilitation for another 2 months. After having rehabilitation I went back to school being able to go as much as I could while losing my toes, finger, hooked up to an IV, and losing my hair. But I stayed because I knew I had not just for myself, but for my family, my friends, classmates, teachers, nurses, doctors, and all the people I would meet in the future. I also stayed strong for the people I would have met when I am helping people in a similar story, I can’t wait to help people like me. You can help children just like me who have been diagnosed with arthritis by joining the walk to cure juvenile arthritis or by donating to the arthritis foundations. People with an autoimmune disease such as arthritis or lupus have struggles that a person shouldn’t have to struggle with such as showering, getting dressed, brushing their hair, walking, and spending time with friends and family. By donating you will help find a cure for arthritis or send a child to a very special camp. By walking you will raise awareness to this disease that not only affect adults but also children. Please donate or walk you have to do little but it will do a lot to those people with arthritis.

Why Bernie Sanders is the Right Presidential Candidate for Millennials and Minorities




Arrian Madden

College Prep Writing

Current Event Analysis Paper

Bernie Sanders has a lot of people on his side, including independents, Democrats, women, LGBTs, millennials, and minorities. Bernie Sanders has been fighting for future generations and minorities since the 1960s. According to Bernie Sanders, “When we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win. When straight and gay people stand together for justice, we win. When working families stand together, we win.” In the race for presidential office in 2016 three people are winning the race. For the Republican Party, it is Donald Trump. For the Democratic Party it is Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I believe Bernie Sanders is the right presidential candidate for millennials and minorities.

Before we get started you need to know some things about Bernie Sanders. Most people do not even know who he is. The truth is, Bernie Sanders has been in the political view for a long time, he just has not been in the spotlight until now. According to Britannica School, Bernard Sanders was born September, 8 1941 and he is 74 years old. He was born to Jewish parents of Polish descent and was born and raised in Brooklyn. Bernie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1964 in Political Science from the University of Chicago. After he graduated, he began to become more engaged in activist movements such as the Civil Rights Movement and the 1963 March on Washington where he was in the crowds to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., give his “I Have A Dream”. His participation in the movements led him to go to Israel to live on a kibbutz (a working farm). While in Israel, he was inspired to “take care of the weak,” said Albert Ely, who was on the kibbutz with Sanders. Once Sanders returned to the United States, he started participating in more movements such as back-to-the-land (working as a union carpenter and freelance journalist) and the anti-Vietnam War movement. He ran as an independent candidate several times for Vermont governor, which he was unsuccessful at. In 1982, he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont. When Jesse Jackson was running for president, Sanders was one of only two to endorse him. In 1991, Sanders took office in the U.S. House of Representatives. When President Bush was in office, Bernie voted against the Iraq War. Bernie Sanders was made famous for his ideal tax cuts, for increasing taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations, and for the increased aid for social welfare programs. In 2006, Sanders was elected as a United States Senator where he continued his campaign for tax reforms. In 1988 Sanders married his second wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders and has had a happy and stable marriage.They have four children (one biological son) and seven grandchildren. Sanders’ past has made him into a better candidate for the presidential office. He will put all his education, life experience, beliefs, and values into making this country a better country.  

Ever since Bernie Sanders returned to the United States from Israel, he has been focusing on fighting for the rights of disadvantaged people such as disabilities, women, LGBT, and minorities. Feelthebern.org reveals the many rights he has been fighting for and one of his greatest efforts has been tackling the injustice against race. In the 1960s, he was an activist for the Civil Rights Movement. He also attended the 1963 March on Washington where, as mentioned earlier, he was in the crowds and heard the “I Have A Dream” speech. When Bernie was in college he was a leader of the Congress of Racial Equality. During his leadership he was arrested for protesting against segregation. Sanders believes justice for all races is important. He created a campaign video detailing how crucial it is to include people of all races so we can become as one.

Bernie’s fight in favor of equality for women is fought with the same passion as it is for African American and other minorities. His web page states that women are under attack from many people, are being denied control of their own bodies, medical and social services, and equal pay for equal work. Women’s’ rights are going backwards in history. If elected president, Sanders promises he will fight for pay equality, protect reproductive rights, make childcare available to all, increase the minimum wage and expand health care as well as social security.

Bernie Sanders supports all Americans including LGBT. When Sanders was first elected mayor, he supported the city’s first pride parade. According to Berniesanders.com, in 1993 when he was in the House of Representatives, he was against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and “Defense of Marriage Act” in 1996. He beat out the landmark decision which helped to recognize same-sex couples. As president, he promises that he will sign the Equality Act, Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and any other bill that bans discrimination against LGBT members. I believe if Bernie Sanders is elected president he will keep his promise and continue to act on his already established achievements.  As you can see, he has already done many successful acts to fight against all discriminations. He will continue his fight to protect the people, especially those most at risk for inequality and social injustice.

The biggest age group of Sanders supporters are millennials (18-34). Although this might seem quite odd to other people, in reality it is not. Millennials are the largest generation in the US; we are the ones who most often get the message out into the world by texts and social media. Sanders is the oldest candidate in the presidential race. According to ViceNews.com, voter outcome of 18-24 year olds fell to an all time low of 19.9% in the midterm elections last year, which might make a problem for a presidential candidate.

Bernie Sanders managed to raise 1.5 million dollars in 24 hours alone, which may be the reason for young people being captivated by him. Millennials also may be captivated by him because he is consistent and has been from the start. CNN.com states that people are surprised by the number of young voters. Millennials feel Hillary Clinton can come off as too controlled and measured. Many people believe young people do not pay attention to politics, yet if you would ask them questions about the race or candidates they can answer with an educated answer.

One of the biggest reasons millennials support Sanders is that he wants to make free education available to all. Huffingtonpost.com reports student debt went up to 1.27 trillion dollars in 2015. Most people believe free education will never make it and it is just a dream. When Bernie was going to college, he had free college acknowledges that less wealthy countries provide free or reduced tuition to students. Sanders has vowed to make demands for millennials such as free college, income equality, speculation tax and legalization of marijuana a reality.

Bernie Sanders has two competitors. One Republican and one Democrat. His biggest competitor is Hillary Clinton, a democrat. According to theweek.com Clinton’s campaign is not about change but about going forward. Clinton’s economic plan is a mixture of improving education, aid for the lower and middle class, child care, financial regulation, raising taxes on the wealthy, and cutting taxes on the middle class. The biggest problem with Hillary Clinton is gaining the trust of the voting public. She was emailing North Korea, the smoking gun which could harm the lives of many Americans. Hillary would not hand over the emails to the FBI saying that it was “Her personal email”. Over the past two weeks she finally released over 1,300 emails to the FBI. Clinton can still run even though she is being prosecuted because she has not been proven guilty, yet.

Many LGBT people support Hillary Clinton, even though she has not always supported the LGBT community. The dailybeast.com reported that Hillary Clinton did not support gay marriage until 2013. Most of her LGBT supporters are women due to the fact that she is a women’s rights advocate.

Bernie Sanders’s other competitor is Donald Trump, a Republican. Donald Trump is one of the wealthiest people in America. According to thestreet.com, Trump is worth somewhere between 4.5-10 billion dollars. Donald Trump is looking forward to fixing the economy once he becomes president. Many people believe that Trump can fix the economy and taxes. Businessinsider.com fact checker says, his plan to change the tax brackets from the current seven to just four brackets, 0%, 10%, 20% and 25%, and will benefit the top tax brackets instead of the middle class. Those making more than $200,000 would pay less than $500 billion combined. He promises to not touch Medicare or Social Security. Donald Trump’s webpage donaldjtrump.com reports Trump’s Tax Plan will be paid for by taking away loopholes that are available to the very rich and a one time return of money from companies overseato name two. Most of his attention is towards immigration reform. He has imagined building a wall between Mexico and the United States, then deporting the 11 million undocumented immigrants back to their home country. Thestreet.com reported that the American Action Forum will cost $400 billion to $600 billion and will shrink the work force by 11 million.

I feel that Senator Bernie Sanders is the right candidate for democrats, republicans, women, men, disabled people, people of color, and LGBT members. He has been protecting everyone since he was in college. Yet his competition, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have and will continue to do the opposite. They will harm people in the end, which is far different than what Bernie will do. As you can see, Senator Bernie Sanders has already done amazing things to make this country a better place. If Bernie Sanders gets elected, I promise he will make our home an even better country. I urge all millennials and minorities to protect their rights and privileges. They need to go and vote to make this country a better place. It only takes one voice to start a revolution, and your voice counts.

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