Avery’s Bucket List

Avery Lynn Canahuati was born with a rare genetic defect called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and was given about 18 months to live. 

Avery Lynn Canahuati only lived for about 5 months, but her parents made sure to pack her life in with as much love and adventure as they could manage.  

And after all, what’s life if it’s not an adventure?

Avery's Bucket List

Avery Lynn Canahuati was born with a rare genetic defect called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and was given about 18 months to live. 

Avery Lynn Canahuati only lived for about 5 months, but her parents made sure to pack her life in with as much love and adventure as they could manage.  

And after all, what’s life if it’s not an adventure?

Balance the Humours

There is a spate of “Tourettes-like” symptoms – tics and involuntary movements – among a particular group of girls in the LeRoy school district. Convinced that these girls aren’t faking it (I have no idea how), public health officials have reached a logical conclusion for what’s behind this:

…but at least one local expert in the field of movement disorders stated Thursday that what most of these girls experienced is likely the result of mass hysteria.

It’s describing a mass psychogenic (psychosomatic) group of symptoms shared among a large population, but doesn’t it sound medieval? Doesn’t that sound like the treatment would involve leeches or a stoning or visiting a shrine. In other words, it sounds like a junk, throwaway diagnosis that loosely translates into “we don’t know what the hell is going on” and has the added bonus of being backhandedly sexist.

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