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Everyone gets sick. It’s a natural part of life; however, sometimes you get one weird illness.  We’re talking that time-you-almost-died illness. The I-had-to-stay-home-from-school-for-four-days sick.


Victoria Cooke


I once caught bacterial pneumonia from my dad, which was super not fun. My lungs were filled with fluid so when I walked I would run out of breath and felt like I was suffocating. The worst part was that one day my dad saw me brushing my teeth and asked why I was using his toothbrush. I WASN’T. HE had been using MY toothbrush and GAVE ME PNEUMONIA from it.  My dad pretty much only eats candy so his teeth are trash so it’s like, really gross.


Jessica Bansbach


One time I blacked out in the communal shower my freshman year and as I was going down to convulse against the dirty, dirty drain, I did not think “I need to call for help” or “I need to dial 9-11 on my phone” – I thought “Man, I really need my RA right now.” Guess all that training they make them do to be “personable” helps.


I never received medical attention, but my friend gave me a cup of M and Ms afterwards to make up for my experience eating moist tile, so all’s well that ends well?


Sydney Julien 


I got Scarlet Fever in fourth grade. I was really into the Little House on the Prairie series as a child so really I just did it for the aesthetic. Scarlet fever was pretty rough. I was down for the count for several days and I vividly remember trying to sleep and overhearing my parents discuss whether I’d go deaf from it like my Dad’s great grandparents both did. In the grand scheme of things though, it wasn’t too bad. Due to the miracle of modern medicine I was prescribed amoxicillin and survived with my hearing in tact. It was honestly pretty fun to see everyone’s reactions upon returning to school and telling them that I had just survived a bout of scarlet fever. Made me feel like a badass. 


Megan Kelly


I got the swine flu when I was like 10, back when it was circulating. At the time, I didn’t know how serious the disease was, but all I remember was that I had a fever of about 104 degrees, and was constantly coughing and shaking. I also remember sitting in bed for three days and just watching Disney Channel and Nickelodeon 24/7. I also got the flu AGAIN when I was 18 in my first year of college. I had a really high fever, and ridiculous amounts of tonsil stones (that’s why I’m getting them out this winter).



Stay healthy this semester! Healthier than us, hopefully…


Victoria Cooke is a Senior History and Adolescence Education major with a Women's and Gender Studies minor at SUNY Geneseo. Apart from being an editor and the founder of Her Campus at Geneseo, she is also the co-president of Voices for Planned Parenthood and a Curator for TEDxSUNYGeneseo. Her passions include feminism, reading, advocating for social justice, and crafting. In the future, she hopes to inspire the next generation of history nerds and activists.
Jessica Bansbach is a junior psychology major who has more campus club memberships than fingers and toes. In her spare time, if she's forgotten that she's a college student that has more pressing matters to attend to (like, say, studying), she enjoys video games, thrift shopping, and ruminating. She was elected "funniest in group" by her summer camp counselor when she was nine and has since spent the next eleven years trying to live up to the impossible weight of that title.
Sydney is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in French. She is also Vice President of Geneseo's club figure skating team and coaches local kids in the sport on the weekends. While she's not really sure where life is going to take her yet, she's optimistic about the future.
Megan Kelly is a psychology major at SUNY Geneseo. She enjoys writing articles about whatever interests her at the moment, so don't expect any consistency.
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