About Me! The Author

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My professional photo at 5 but I still look the same

Although born in the southeastern corner of China and didn’t immigrated to the United States until age of 10, I consider myself a full-blooded American. I am a twenty-something University of Utah graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and an aspiring writer. My goal in life is to do what I love and be my boss. One of my many dreams is to have my work one day be published and shared with the world.

I’m a positive person even when all around me is sad and gloomy.  I somehow always manage to find a ray of sunshine in a sky full of dark clouds.

5 Fun Facts about me:

  • I like to listen to English-speaking music. No rap, well, okay sometimes but no swearing. Oh, I don’t really swear either, okay sometimes like when I stub my toes or when I’m angry. Whenever I try to type swear words, my face turns red and my hands become shaky. Shh, tell no one. 😉
  • I only watch English TV shows, comedy and drama but no horror. I won’t be able to sleep for days or weeks. I never discuss what I watch with anybody either. It’s just plain embarrassing for someone to know what I watch. I don’t know why.
  • I feel quite invisible among friends but who needs them when I have 150 650 1800 2500+ followers. 😀 Thanks for following me, by the way!!! I’m glad you found my blog interesting and amusing enough to follow.
  • I can be quite moody and hot temper sometimes although I am usually the quietest and calmest person you’ll see in a room. You won’t even know I’m there.
  • I like all types of fictions from historical to humor to fantasies though I’m a slow grasper on jokes. I still like ’em. 😛

I’m hopeful and an optimist!

Every person has a back story, a story they are dying to tell anyone who will listen. For me, it’s the mysterious battle I’ve been scan0029dealing with since I was just a toddler. Taken to see numerous doctors in the first 3 or 4 years of my life and unable to diagnose the condition that causes lumps in my arms and legs, my mom gave up until one night when I was 3. I had developed a high fever and in the middle of the night, my entire body went into a full seizure.

I didn’t even know I had spent 5 days in the hospital until my mom told the story to her friend a few years ago while we were walking to see the Old Faithful Geyser erupt at Yellowstone. My mom did learn a lot from that night, though. My body is Calcium deficient and it does not have the ability to absorb Calcium nor Vitamin D, in that matter.

After my dad passed away (still a mystery) and my mom immigrated to the U.S. in search of a new life some 15 years ago, I remained in China, enduring the difficult life of a Chinese elementary school student (lots and lots of homework and exams).  During all that, I was transported back and forth between my aunt and grandparents, all who watched closely to make sure I don’t suffer another seizure episode while my mom was away.

Thankfully, I didn’t have another seizure until 2004, on the third anniversary of my arrival in the U.S. I contracted the flu, suffered from high fever the week before.  Just as my fever broke, my body went into a seizure. Unlike the last time, this time, I was older and have complete memory of this night. It scared the hell out of me not to mention spending the night in the ER waiting room.

Then my doctor visit once again became frequent.  After seeing an internal medicine doctor who then referred me to another internal medicine doctor at the USC Children Hospital, I was finally diagnosed with pseudohypoparathyroidism at 14 but the diagnosis was not confirmed and I wasn’t properly diagnosed with Albright’s Osteodystrophy until 18 when I visited a geneticist at the Primary Children Hospital in Salt Lake City.

After all these years, my mom have never managed to give up even though she lost hope for a while and so did I.  She grew more and more optimistic as one after another doctor’s visit gone by that her daughter was one step closer to being diagnosed and properly treated.

Even though now that I’ve been properly diagnosed with this rare genetic disorder, the geneticist said I was the 10th patient with Albright’s Osteodystrophy in his 30 years of practice, I learned that there’s no cure for the disorder other than to turn back time and be diagnosed at a younger age. But I will remain optimistic and hopeful that one day, with the continuous advancement in technology, some sort of prevention or cure would be discovered.

146 thoughts on “About Me! The Author

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  2. Thanks Yinglan for sharing such a personal story. You have written so much here in your blog. It will take me a while to catch up! But I know I’m going to enjoy the journey. Thanks for following me!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your story. You are such a strong and inspirational person & I look forward to reading more of your posts!
    Wishing you the best,
    MimiTa

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    • Thanks. Nope, I haven’t aged for 20 years!
      I should rewrite the bio since I’m no longer pursuing a master degree but a second bachelor degree. Six months to go! 😀
      Thank you for visiting and I’m looking forward to read your response for the prompt.

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  7. Hey Yinglan! 🙂
    Life need not be long. But whatever span of time we have been gifted to live, we should live that time lively, and you seems to be a very lively, and of course an optimistic and hopeful person.
    God always remains fair to such people. He must have beautiful plans for you. I am sure. ❤ 🙂

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  8. Glad to come across your blog from Jackie’s party, Yinglan!
    I had to google about Albright’s Osteodystrophy, to realize that you are one hell of a positive person(sorry for the slang though!). Keep shining, Cheers! 🙂

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  9. Hello Yinglan. I found your blog on Jacqueline’s blog party page. Nice to meet you. This story of your life so far is inspirational! Continue to stay optimistic and happy 🙂 I’ll look forward to reading more from you. Take care. Carly

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