Olivia: My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa MOBI ´ Life of

Olivia: My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa MOBI ´ Life of Book by Breitha, Olivia R A first hand account of living with Hanson s disease from 1937 through 1988 This was one plucky woman Though she has nothan a 6th grade education, she recounts in simple powerful words the fear and humiliation associated with the disease and its early treatment the emotional affects of the exile and isolation on the Kalaupapa peninsula on Molokai the condescension and ill treatment by some of the staff and the care and compassion by others Her tale includes her 29 year marriage with a A first hand account of living with Hanson s disease from 1937 through 1988 This was one plucky woman Though she has nothan a 6th grade education, she recounts in simple powerful words the fear and humiliation associated with the disease and its early treatment the emotional affects of the exile and isolation on the Kalaupapa peninsula on Molokai the condescension and ill treatment by some of the staff and the care and compassion by others Her tale includes her 29 year marriage with a rancher farmer on the island who also had leprosy, and her parent s purchase of the settlement s bakery so they could live near their daughter And the endless surgeries to correct the feet and hand problems that afflict many with this disease In the end, in the early 80 s with the outbreak of AIDs making the news, she was incensed with their treatment as it reminded her of her own experiences Now, 25 years later, it carries a poignancy and sadness Do we never learn Recommended for those with an interest in the history of the area, and for medical personnel Olivia Robello Breitha was diagnosed with Hansen s disease leprosy when she was a young woman in the 1930s At the time, there was no treatment for the disease, in Hawaii, many people with leprosy were exiled to Kalaupapa, a community on the island of Molokai Breitha, who had a 6th grade education, wrote her powerful story about living with the disease At times they were treated inhumanely, mostly by doctors and medical professionals, and Breitha was unafraid to fight for patient rights and Olivia Robello Breitha was diagnosed with Hansen s disease leprosy when she was a young woman in the 1930s At the time, there was no treatment for the disease, in Hawaii, many people with leprosy were exiled to Kalaupapa, a community on the island of Molokai Breitha, who had a 6th grade education, wrote her powerful story about living with the disease At times they were treated inhumanely, mostly by doctors and medical professionals, and Breitha was unafraid to fight for patient rights and reducing stigma This wasn t quite what I expected It was interesting to read a first hand account of life circumstances leading up to life in Kalaupapa, but I was a little distracted by the writing style and some of the info included that didn t really seem to add to the story I picked this up in the small visitors center gift shop in Kalaupapa when I visited in 2012 I m glad to have finally read the book, but I was left wantingdetail in general I am impressed with Olivia s ability and willingness to This wasn t quite what I expected It was interesting to read a first hand account of life circumstances leading up to life in Kalaupapa, but I was a little distracted by the writing style and some of the info included that didn t really seem to add to the story I picked this up in the small visitors center gift shop in Kalaupapa when I visited in 2012 I m glad to have finally read the book, but I was left wantingdetail in general I am impressed with Olivia s ability and willingness to share her story Olivia is quite a character, and I guess she deserves to be so outspoken for all she endured in her life Her writing is simple but sometimes difficult to follow Mostly I appreciated the raw humanity of this book, and her passion that every person deserves dignity, especially as they die Amazing that she had much that she could have complained about but chose to focus on what is good in this life. This is a fascinating account of one woman s real life story of having leprosy aka Hansen s Disease and being sent to Kalaupapa Apparently she was motivated to write her memoir by a comment made on the tv show mash She sent a letter along with her stories, her journal, on to Alan Alda At the end of the book it shows a letter from Alan Alda saying he didn t have time to read her journal I wonder if he s made the time in the last 20 years If not, he should.From the pictures in the book and This is a fascinating account of one woman s real life story of having leprosy aka Hansen s Disease and being sent to Kalaupapa Apparently she was motivated to write her memoir by a comment made on the tv show mash She sent a letter along with her stories, her journal, on to Alan Alda At the end of the book it shows a letter from Alan Alda saying he didn t have time to read her journal I wonder if he s made the time in the last 20 years If not, he should.From the pictures in the book and the personal way in which she wrote I felt as if I could hear her voice in my head as I read Very short and lovely read A ture story fo a young woman who was sent to colony for having Hansen s disease It is also known as leprosy but thie term is not considered polite SHe left home at 13 or 15 and never left until she was in middle age All this occurred not so long ago and the toll of the disease with the seperation and treatment of these patients SOme patients still live at the colony because they are so used to the lifestyle Very sad but enlightening. Personal account of treatment by the powers that be that should horrify any compassionate person So personal it was like reading a diary or a family letter from an unsophisticated small town girl I would like to hear from the administrative side of the history of the site because Olivia gives them a very hard time My friend gave this to me to read in preparation for our visit to Kalaupapa This is Olivia R Breitha s personal account of her diagnosis and life with what is now known as Hansens disease leprosy Breitha would be the first to tell you, she wasn t well educated in fact she threatens to bop the reader for making fun of her lack of education but she is obviously a brave and sassy woman Her writing can be difficult to follow at times, but it should not go unappreciated that as a person wit My friend gave this to me to read in preparation for our visit to Kalaupapa This is Olivia R Breitha s personal account of her diagnosis and life with what is now known as Hansens disease leprosy Breitha would be the first to tell you, she wasn t well educated in fact she threatens to bop the reader for making fun of her lack of education but she is obviously a brave and sassy woman Her writing can be difficult to follow at times, but it should not go unappreciated that as a person with leprosy she was feared by everyone for most of her life This book tells her story from her view point, and she makes no bones about it She calls people out for their wrongs, and praises the people who helped her along the way I can only imagine how scary it must have been for her to write her thoughts down and present them to the world when she had been feared and looked down upon for her entire life For what Breitha lacks in writing ability, she makes up for in courage Breitha s book is not up lifting, and I hadquestions when I finished it than when I began it It is clear that the powers which controlled Breitha s life, from the doctors who diagnosed her, to the state that exiled her, to the administrators that ran her daily life, never took the time to explain why things were being done the way they were As a result, the reader is left with a rather scrambled view of Breitha s life on Kalaupapa, O ahu, and in Carville The reader doesn t always understand why things are happening, because Breitha didn t either I wouldn t recommend this book as a insight into the exact workings of the political climate and daily goings on in Kalaupapa during its heyday as a exile for Hansens disease patients Rather, Breitha s work is a great look into the details which made life bearable and unbearable for a person with leprosy in the 1930s in Hawaii This book humanizes those suffering from a disease which was easy for those unaffected by it to dehumanize Breitha herself talks of the shock of seeing the leprosy patients for the first time upon her arrival at Kalaupapa Breitha then goes to show the reader that she, and all the other Hansen disease patients, despite their withered hands and distorted faces, were people, just like the rest of us.While I think that most people would benefit from reading Breitha s work, her work will probably be found most interesting by those who are curious about Hawaii, Kalaupapa, and Hansen s disease This small book says so much about a life that most of us could never imagine I have been through my share of health challenges, and nothing could prepare me for the emotional and physical journey described here.

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