Creative, free-spirited, business owner, and recent college graduate, Adariel Lee, of the Bronx, NY, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome at the age of 4 when her mother noticed she was looking down at her hands a lot. At an eye doctor appointment, they learned that the connective tissue in her eye was loose, leading her to additional medical evaluations. As a result, the diagnosis of Marfan syndrome was confirmed. Adariel is the first in her family to have the condition.
Jasmine’s family (l-r) Mom Joanne Duffey, dad Alvin Duffey, Jasmine, sister Jawanda Duffey, and brother Jarvis Williams.
At 6’7” tall, Jasmine Duffey was one of the nation’s top basketball prospects in high school. She headed to Middle Tennessee State to pursue her dreams of college basketball, with hopes of going even further in the sport she loved. It was not to be.
In 2020, the world saw that there are many benefits to working from home, especially for people who live with a chronic condition, as discussed by Dominga Noe in June of last year. As we wrap up a year spent in quarantine, Destiny Lomonte, takes a look at how the move to work from home has been beneficial to the mental health of many in our community.
It’s no surprise that work and mental health are intertwined. We all know how work can cause stress and exacerbate mental health conditions, but what we have all learned this year is how it can positively affect one’s mental well-being.
When my daughter, Gabriella, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome at the age of five our family was forever changed in ways that were unexpected. There was a feeling of relief that finally came with having an answer for Gabriella's health issues. There was a feeling of fear as we stared in the face of this rare condition that we knew absolutely nothing about, and that was now embodied in our daughter. And there was also a feeling of isolation not knowing anyone who understood what this was all really like for us. Our younger child, Nicholas, was only 18 months old at the time. He is the best brother to Gabriella and her number one protector.