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  1. Introduction
  2. The summer of 2000
  3. Ignoring the pain
  4. The process of getting x-rays
  5. The basic questions
  6. Ignoring the doctor
  7. The appointment with the docter
  8. Altering the routine
  9. The cast for 6 weeks
  10. The cast off
  11. Conclusion

Before I begin there are a few things that need to be sorted out. For one this book began when discussions arose regarding children and teenagers being medicated without any real bases, possibly at too young of an age, and therefore that psychiatrists were not doing a proper diagnosis. Second, is how those discussions relate to me. To begin it needs to be clear that during middle school I did fine in school. I managed to receive good grades just by doing the homework. As I reached seventh grade my grades on tests were poor and I began to develop the thought that I was lazy and not trying. Another important fact was that I played softball, a lot. Towards the end of seventh grade I was on two teams and working my body very hard. You may be confused as to why I am explaining all of this to you now without explaining its relevance.

[...] The nurse slides the negative into the table and then she positions the x-ray machine so that it forms the lights cross on the area of interest. Then she leaves and tells you to hold your breath. They really should put something on the ceiling to look at while you wait. After about 5 minutes of new positions and more x-rays the nurse thanks you, not like you really did anything, and gives you permission to head back to the room; which is exactly what I did after I had my x-rays. [...]

[...] My mother and I got the name of the doctor and were on our way. My mother called and scheduled my appointment with the new doctor and scheduled my bone scan. I continued to play softball and my family did not really talk about my back. Despite my horrible fear of needles I had the bone scan and sent the results to the new doctor. I finished seventh grade around the same time my sister graduated from high school. My father was already living in Chicago, which would become our new My father was given a job at the Field Museum. [...]

[...] It was late in the spring of 2000 and we had a game on my school team. We rode the bus to Grant Park. As we got off the bus I had a strange feeling in my back. It felt as though I had a pulled muscle. Being the typical young athlete I ignored the slight pain and did the usual warm-up. Throughout the game I found myself repeatedly trying to stretch my back in hopes of relieving some of the tension that was building. [...]

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