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Jan 20 2015

NYIT Selected to Participate in Epicenter’s Pathways to Innovation Program

Jan 13 2015

NYIT Ranks Among 2015 U.S. News Best Online Programs

Dec 23 2014

Architecture and Medical Students Launch Global Competition for Healthy Designs

Dec 18 2014

BBC to Feature Home2(O) Project in News Segment

Dec 12 2014

NYIT Wins Grant to Develop STEM Programs

Mar 03 2015

Ahmet Gülgönen, In Close Alignment

Mar 03 2015

Exhibition: In Perfect Alignment Drawings by Ahmet Gülgönen

Mar 04 2015

AMWA meeting 3.4.15

Mar 04 2015

General Interest Meeting in Dance

Mar 04 2015

Alumni Panel - Careers in Communication and Fine Arts: Get the Arty Started

Manuela Menendez

Nominator

Joanna

Essay

The individual I would like to nominate for the Vitality in Aging Contest is Manuela Menendez, my grandmother, who is 82 years old. It is simple for me to nominate my grandmother because she is one of the strongest individuals I know. Through the years, my grandmother has had multiple health issues and surgeries from breast cancer to a brain aneurysm with the most recent being a thoracic aortic aneurysm.  Although the aneurysm surgery was successful, it left my grandmother with a paralyzed vocal cord which resulted in the inability to eat solids or drink liquids. After two months in the hospital and a rehabilitation facility, my grandmother has made slow but steady progress. She has visited many doctors seeking second and third opinions as well as treatment options. As a result of hard work, therapy and great determination, my grandmother is on the road to recovery.  She is now able to drink thickened liquids and eat some pureed food.

Through all her health struggles, my grandmother has never felt sorry for herself or given up. Instead she continues to take care of herself, her husband and her home. She is always just a phone call away for her children and grandchildren.  In my eyes, my grandmother is an amazing person in every way and still has it all…beauty, courage, determination, a great sense of humor and endless devotion to her family. I am immensely grateful to have my grandmother in my life and can only hope to live my life the way she lives hers.
 

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