By: Juli Scharf
On Tuesday, January 26, Jordan shared a very personal experience in his life with the Dublin community. In 3rd grade, Jordan was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome—“a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves.” He explained that it all began with feeling incredibly weak, so weak that he was barely able to walk home from school with his sisters. Though he told his mom he wasn’t feeling well, understandably, he didn’t quite know how to explain what was happening to him. But before long, he was unable to move his legs at all. He was brought to the hospital where he was given two spinal taps in an attempt to figure out what was wrong. The doctors were stumped, as Guillain-Barre Syndrome had been quite rare at the time and little was known about it.
Though the doctors instructed his mother to take him home, she knew there was more to it, so she begged them to keep him there just in case. Luckily they did, because his condition was much more serious than the doctors had assumed. He remained at the hospital throughout his treatment and explained that because of the immense strength and love from his mom, he never really felt scared. It wasn’t until he was older that Jordan learned what it was that truly happened and how differently it all could have turned out. He explained that discovering this taught him how fortunate he is to still be able to do all the things he loves. Jordan delivered an eloquent presentation that moved the audience, teaching us all a little bit about not taking anything for granted.