Wednesday Jun 06 2012
Del Oro senior overcomes illness and inspire others
By: Leah Rosasco, Loomis News Correspondent
Despite an undiagnosed and sometimes nearly debilitating medical condition, a Del Oro senior continues to inspire others with her positive attitude. Last June while on a month-long school trip in Utah, Carlie Beasley, who will graduate from Del Oro on Saturday, began shaking uncontrollably. Although she was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment, doctors were unable to explain Carlie Beasley?s continued symptoms. ?We had just gotten off the river so they thought maybe I had hypothermia, but I didn?t,? Carlie Beasley said. Despite the continued shaking, the girl opted to stay with her school group. She said the shaking lasted about six days, then disappeared for a few months. ?One day at school it came back in a flash and it came back bigger than the last time,? Carlie said. During the second attack, her arms and legs were flailing. Carlie Beasley?s mother, Randi, clearly remembers it. ?It was Nov. 10, and I got a call from one of the women in the school office telling me I should get down there right away,? Randi Beasley said. Randi Beasley said her daughter was taken away by ambulance and again, doctors couldn?t pinpoint the cause of the shaking. The symptoms included extreme exhaustion and Carlie Beasley was taken out of school for six weeks. Randi Beasley said watching her daughter suffer was heartbreaking. ?For a while there I just felt like the Carlie I knew was gone,? Randi Beasley said. Carlie Beasley managed to keep up with her classes by working from home and was able to return to school in January. Rather than trying to hide her condition, Carlie Beasley said she stood up in front of each of her classes and explained what she was going through. She said she is thankful for the support and kindness the students have shown. ?The best thing people have done for me is treat me normally,? she said. A key player on her school?s softball team throughout high school, she was unable to play during her senior year, so she decided to cheer on her teammates. ?I went to as many games as possible,? Carlie Beasley said. ?Just being there to support them and see them do well was enough for me.? Carlie Beasley also serves as a Peer Helper at school and according to Lynda Smith-Rains, a Del Oro teacher and Peer Helper coordinator, the girl has not let her condition affect her ability to help others. ?It is amazing to me because most teenage girls are so concerned about what others think of them, but Carlie was more concerned with how she could help others,? Smith-Rains said. Carlie Beasley said she has relied heavily on friends, teachers and family for support, but her upbeat attitude has inspired others. Del Oro Senior Carissa Cotter has been friends with Carlie Beasley since pre-school and said, ?She has shown me that I need to keep a positive attitude.? English teacher Natalie Smith notes that high school is tough enough without having to deal with a frustrating medical condition. ?She doesn?t let her condition define her and she doesn?t use it as an excuse for anything,? Smith said. ?I am inspired by her every day.? Del Oro senior Jordan Courage said it has been her close friend?s unwavering attitude that has helped her. ?She is just the most positive, happy person and she hasn?t let this stop her at all,? Jordan said. ?Not many people could handle it the way she has.? Randi Beasley said her daughter is 90 percent improved, although there still has been no medical diagnosis. In the future, Carlie Beasley would like to work with people in some capacity. After graduation she will head to the University of Idaho where she will double-major in sociology and nutrition.