The Inspiring Story of Rosemary Kennedy

The Inspiring Story of Rosemary Kennedy

Rosemary Kennedy’s story of determination and bravery is one that deserves to be heard, one that can be used as a tool to further the impacts she has made, to honor her and all she has survived.
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Picture this. You are the daughter of the the most prestigious and wealthiest man in the country at the time, the center of the public eye. Your father and mother appear in all of the newspapers, and their faces are plastered on the television screens everywhere you turn. Your siblings are athletic, intelligent and each have faces made for the cameras. But you, you are different. You just do not quite fit in to the mold of the reputation your family possesses. Time goes by and your differences stick out more and more, not just physical differences, but one's going on inside your brain as well. Instead of seeking the right kinds of help, your parents decide to hide you from the public eye that they hold so much power over. They mask your identity from all, as if you never existed at all.

Rosemary Kennedy, sister of JFK, and eldest daughter of Joseph Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, has been through the most tragic and unforgettable experiences, starting the first day she was brought on to this earth. The Spanish influenza was running rampid in the Boston area during the time Rosemary was born, and doctors were rarely available as a result. On September 13, 1918, Rose Kennedy was set to deliver her daughter Rosemary at their home in Brookline, Massachusetts. In result of the doctors aiding with the medical crisis happening at the time, her delivery took a turn for the worse. The nurse assisting with the birth, forced Rose to hold off on proceeding with the delivery in hopes that a doctor would soon be available. Rosemary was pushed back into the birth canal for two hours, cutting off her oxygen supply, and unfortunately a doctor never came to aid. Those two hours impacted who she was to become, damaging the entirety of her functioning for the rest of her life.

Rosemary’s development was delayed both cognitively as well as academically, leaving her behind in school, consequently, deterring her from moving on to the next grade. Despite all of her efforts to make her parents proud, as time progressed, it seemed she did just the opposite. By the time she turned 23 years old, her father made a decision that he thought was the best for Rosemary: a lobotomy. It was a newly found procedure that he thought would “fix” his daughter. The surgery was unsuccessful, and Rosemary’s capacity was diminished. After this surgery, Rosemary was separated from her family, and was sent to be institutionalized in a Catholic Convent near Wisconsin. Once she was institutionalized, she was given the care she needed and it was no longer a chore to keep her around. She did not have to be hidden, and she could live her life, just as she was, despite the tragic life she lived.

Everything I have told you so far, seems to be the tragic story of who has become known as the “hidden sister” of the Kennedy family. She is much more than all of these horrible things I have shared with you. Rosemary attended a two year community college in her home state of Massachusetts, with the hopes of someday becoming a kindergarten teacher. She has influenced the lives of many, especially those in the field of special education and the advocacy for those with disabilities. In cause of the impact that Rosemary has left on others, her younger sister Eunice reached out to families with children diagnosed with disabilities, providing them with the same opportunities that their neurotypical peers have access to. This evolved to the founding of the Special Olympics, which allowed children to have the experiences that her sister never had as a child.

Rosemary’s story has inspired the advocacy of others against the negative stigmas and issues that surround both intellectual and physical disabilities, and the terrible practices that still go on today, like the one she survived. Rosemary Kennedy’s story of determination and bravery is one that deserves to be heard, one to be used as a tool to further the impacts she has made, to honor her and all she has survived.

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Now I may be biased, but I believe that French Bulldogs are just simply the best.

Not only are they super cute but they definitely have a unique personality.

That being said, here are 19 things that every French Bulldog owner has experienced:

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2. Having to explain to people that it is also a mouse

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3. Having to explain to people that it is also a bat

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4.  Having to deal with the strange looks people give you when you say that

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5. Having to clean your Frenchie’s wrinkles

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Gotta keep 'em clean!

6. Struggling to choose just one outfit to buy them when you go to the store

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7.  Trying to sleep but their snoring keeps you up

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8. But then you get used to their snoring and miss it when you don’t hear it

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9. Laughing at that little hop they do when they get excited

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10. Laughing at their butt just wiggling when they get excited, since they don’t have a tail

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11. Having everyone coo at your Frenchie when you walk it

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12.  Having a need to buy another one

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13. Occasionally hearing a random snorting sound out of the blue

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14. Being protective over your Frenchie

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15. Taking 1,000s of pictures and videos of your Frenchie and then sending them to people

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16. Missing your Frenchie when you go away on vacation

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Instagram Skincare Influencer @sakura.skin Uncovers The Journey To Her Natural Glow In 10 Beauty Questions

Beauty tips and tricks from Instagram skincare guru and blogger Hannah, also known as @sakura.skin!

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Ever since I entered high school and started puberty, I've been obsessed with all things skincare and acne. I've struggled with mild to moderate acne for several years, and about two years ago, I decided I was going to do something about it. I began researching ways to mitigate the number of active pimples, how to reduce scarring and how to get all-around dewy skin. I eventually stumbled across Instagram pages with genuine, tried-and-true advice with product reviews and recommendations. One of said pages was Hannah's account, @sakura.skin. I had been following her for awhile and bought a few products on her recommendation, so I knew I wanted to interview her and finally got the chance to!

1. How did you get started in the beauty community? What made you want to be a skincare influencer?

"I got started because I had been posting some routines on my personal Instagram, and I had friends always asking me about products and routines so I decided to make a separate account just for skincare stuff. I never set out to be an influencer (I don't think I am one at all!)"

2. What are your thoughts on influencer sponsorships and their relation to the potential honesty of reviews, especially when it pertains to skincare?

hannah sakura on Instagram: “Good morning 🍊 Starting the week off with a little update on this shelfie. Still messy but now somewhat organized? 🤔”

"I've personally never done a sponsored post or anything since I'm such a small skincare Instagram right now but when I receive a product from a brand for my honest review, I definitely do keep it honest. My following is small, but I know people take what I say pretty seriously so I would never lie about a product that actually broke me out or something. Having a following of any size comes with a responsibility, so it's definitely frustrating when someone's review isn't honest just so they can get some ad money or free products."

3. What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with skincare?

"My advice would be to start out small and in your budget. I'm a full time student, so I can't afford all these fancy new skincare brands. Start off slow and with what you know. Always test out products before you take the full plunge!"

4. Who has been your biggest influences in terms of which products you buy before you started your Instagram?

"I followed the Into the Gloss blog and that was the first skincare blog I followed that really taught me a lot. I didn't follow individual skincare bloggers until I started mine but the community I've made is honest, and I trust everyone's recommendations."

5. What 3 holy grail products would you recommend for people of your skin type?

"I have oily/combo/acne prone skin. I'm super hormonal so my skin breaks out a lot when I'm on my period. I'd recommend the Cerave gentle foaming cleanser, Cosrx snail mucin, and Saturday skin glacier water cream. All three have been amazing at balancing the oils on my face while not drying me out."

6. Are there any brands you’ve boycotted/simply stopped purchasing from? If so, why?

"No. I wouldn't stay I boycotted a brand, but one of my resolutions for 2019 is to stop buying from skincare companies that still test on animals."

7. How much do you trust customer reviews?

"It's pretty easy to tell when a consumer review is falsified, at least it is for me. So when I read reviews written on websites I typically take them with a grain of salt. There are reviews that are totally trustworthy, and it's easy to tell which ones are. I get most of my honest reviews for skincare from fellow bloggers."

8. Have you ever gotten a product based on the recommendation of other influencers? If so, which product and who?

"Yes! I've gotten most of my products based on recommendations of others. Most recently I bought my first Klairs product because so many followers and people I follow recommended the brand. I bought the midnight blue calming calming cream."

9. Has anyone ever reached out to you after buying a product you recommend? What was their reaction?

"Yes! I remember a lot of people reaching out about the Cosrx snail mucin, especially people I know in real life. Everyone raved over it! So I'm happy I was able to introduce a K-beauty must have to a few people."

10. Do you have a best and worst skincare tip?

"My best tip is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! My skin used to be super oily because I thought moisturizing it made it that way. Wrong! Oily skin needs all that moisture too! I moisturize all year long with moisturizers, toners, and serums. It's so important!

"My worst skincare tip would be to follow what everyone else is doing. Everyone's skincare journey is different. So if a product doesn't work for you, it's not the end of the world! It takes time. And I see so many skincare newbies get frustrated when a specific person's routine doesn't work for them. Know it's fine and totally normal and you'll find your own routine in no time."

A huge thank you to Hannah for letting me interview her! Find her at: her Instagram and her blog.

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