Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, August 18, 2016
by Suhad Shtayyeh

Are You Ready To Meet the Unstoppable Lana Murad Bataineh


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I first met the unstoppable Lana Murad Bataineh at a Little League event in the early 2000s, and all I could think was ‘wow, what a force of nature.’ Her small frame only accentuating her huge persona. I must admit that at the time I wondered what her horoscope was. When I finally met her months later I asked her sign, and she said Taurus. Being a fellow Taurean I was like, ‘yep makes sense, we are certainly full of punch!’

When Lana was diagnosed with ALS 11 years ago, I am pretty sure the world physically shook with disbelief and despair. How could such a vibrant woman be sentenced to living the rest of her years incapacitated…ALS is a cruel degenerative disease that slowly kills the neurons responsible for voluntary muscles.

The silence and fear that took over our hearts is till today indescribable. We mistakenly believed that Lana would slowly fade away, but her colors grew more vibrant, shining stronger as a human being day after day. She is more present than many of us are, teaching us daily how to live a noble life.


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Aug 18, 2016