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Using Aikido as an Effective Coping Mechanism
by James Loeser
Bill came home from work, threw his coat and bag on the kitchen chair, and grabbed a beer
from the refrigerator. He cracked open the beer and reflected: Wow, what a week! I
cant recall a crazier five days. Between a hefty bonus on the new contract, the fire
at the manufacturing plant, and a sixteen-year-old kid crashing into my new 4-runner,
Im having trouble sorting it all out. I am certainly glad the weekend is here.
After Bill took a swig of his beer, he looked up and saw the blinking red light on the
answering machine. He unconsciously pushed the play button and half-listened to a three
messages. The fourth message caught his attention, "..this is Nurse Selin from Dr.
Kenmores office. The results from your genetic test have arrived from the lab, and
Dr. Kenmore wishes to speak with you immediately. He will be at Messen County
Hospital all day Friday and well into the evening. Please call the hospital and arrange an
Bill momentarily froze, eyes unfixed,
He had forgotten all about his visit to the geneticist last week. He
went to see his physician, Dr. Kenmore, about four weeks back. Bill was experiencing
recurrent headaches and neck spasms. His physician gave him the standard stress test that
revealed an elevated blood pressure, but nothing that called for concern. However, as a
precaution, Dr. Kenmore wanted Bill to see a colleague for a genetic screening. Bill
figured his headaches were simply stress related, and he assured his physician it would
pass as soon as he closed an upcoming business deal. Grudgingly, Bill went to see Dr.
Kenmores colleague, a geneticist, and after several unpleasant, but minimally
invasive, medical procedures, the physician sent Bill on his way.
And now something was seriously wrong.
Bill called the hospital and arranged to see his physician. Bill sat
in the waiting room only four minutes before Dr. Kenmore tersely greeted him and lead him
into a private office. Bill was alarmed. Dr. Kenmore delicately informed Bill that he had
tested positive for Huntingtons chorea: a rare, genetic disease characterized by
progressive degeneration of the central nervous system, usually fatal in 10-15 years.
Bills entire perspective on life had been demolished.
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© 1999, James
All rights reserved
James Loeser has his M.S.from
Northwestern University, in Biotechnology - Specializing in Medicinal Chemistry /
Bioinformatics. He is a student of Aikido and a dental student at the University of
Illinois at Chicago.
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Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
(C. Matrasko as uke)
© 1978 C. Matrasko
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