Charisa Fuqua Lifespan

  • Conception

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    Prenatal Development

  • Biosocial Event, Birth, 6 lbs 8 oz

    Born in Kaufman, Texas
    My grandmother, an RN, was on duty in the nursury the day I was born - she got to "catch" me.
    I am the 4th of 5 children, the first daughter.
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    The First Two Years

    Biosocial: Breastfed until age 2
    Cognitive: Began speaking a mix of English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese (living in Taiwan)
    Psychosocial: From birth to 10 months, living on Grandparent's farm, had special relationship with Pop Pop.
  • The First Two Years: Psychosocial Event, age 10 months

    Psychosocial: From birth to 10 months, living on Grandparent's farm, had special relationship with Pop Pop.
  • family moved back to taiwan after home service

  • The First Two Years: Cognitive Event, Age 1

    Cognitive: Began speaking a mix of English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese (living in Taiwan)
  • The First Two Years: Biosocial Event, age 2

    Biosocial: Breastfed until age 2
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    The Play Years (Ages 2-6)

    Biosocial: Learned to ride a bicycle at age 5
    Cognitive; Taught self to read at age 4
    Psychosocial: Homeschooled for 1st grade, began at Morrison Adademy, Taichung, Taiwan for 2nd grade, age 6
  • baby sister, Catherine Joy, born

  • The Play Years: Cognitive Event, age 4

    Cognitive; Taught self to read at age 4
  • family moved to TX, USA for home service

  • The Play Years: Biosocial Event, age 5

    Biosocial: Learned to ride a bicycle at age 5
  • family moved back to Taiwan after home service

  • The Play Years: Psychosocial Event, age 6

    Psychosocial: Homeschooled for 1st grade, began at Morrison Adademy, Taichung, Taiwan for 2nd grade, age 6
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    The School Years (Ages 7-11)

    Biosocial: Began shaving legs, felt pressured to begin doing so because other girls in class had begun. 5th grade, age 10.
    Cognitive: Learned to write in cursive, third grade, age 7.
    Psychosocial: Moved to the US. Took Amtrak train cross-country from Seattle WA to Phillidelphia PA through pacific west and southwest. Exposed to new ethnicities such as african american and latino people for the first time. Age 8 1/2.
  • The School Years: Cognitive Event, age 7

    Cognitive: Learned to write in cursive, third grade, age 7.
  • The School Years: Psychosocial Event

    Psychosocial: Moved to the US. Took Amtrak train cross-country from Seattle WA to Phillidelphia PA through pacific west and southwest. Exposed to new ethnicities such as african american and latino people for the first time. Age 8 1/2.
  • family moved to NJ, USA for home service

  • family moved to MI, USA - not going back to Taiwan, Dad accepted new position with mission agency

  • The School Years: Biosocial Event, age 10

    Biosocial: Began shaving legs, felt pressured to begin doing so because other girls in class had begun. 5th grade, age 10.
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    Adolescence (Ages 11-18)

    Biosocial: Tight group of best girlfriends, from marching band, ages 14-17.
    Cognitive: Took ACT test for college entry, age 17.
    Psychosocial: First boyfriend, relationship lasted for 1 month, 2 weeks of which I was away at camp. Age 15, summer before 10th grade.
  • family moved to new home in livonia, MI - parents' first home purchase

  • oldest brother, Phillip, joined the Army

  • got a dog - ginger snap, rat terrier

  • Adolescence: Biosocial Event, Age 13

    Biosocial: Tight group of best girlfriends, from marching band, ages 13-17.
  • Adolescence: Psychosocial Event, age 15

    Psychosocial: First boyfriend, relationship lasted for 1 month, 2 weeks of which I was away at camp. Age 15, summer before 10th grade.
  • Adolescence: Cognitive Event, Age 17

    Cognitive: Took ACT test for college entry, age 17.
  • second brother, Tim, got married and moved out

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    Emerging Adulthood (Ages 18-25)

    Biosocial: Moved to Nashville TN for college (transfer student), age 20.
    Cognitive: Completed Associate of Arts degree, age 20. Completed Bachelor of Business Management degree, age 22.
    Psychosocial: Engaged and married, age 22.
  • third brother, Stephen, moved to Chicago

  • Emerging Adulthood: Cognitive Event, ages 20 and 22

    Cognitive: Completed Associate of Arts degree, age 20. Completed Bachelor of Business Management degree, age 22.
  • Emerging Adulthood: Biosocial Event, age 20

    Biosocial: Moved to Nashville TN for college (transfer student), age 20.
  • Emerging Adulthood: Psychosocial Event, age 22

    Psychosocial: Engaged and married, age 22.
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    Adulthood (Ages 25-65)

    Biosocial: Menopause, estimated at age 51.
    Cognitive: Returned to school for completion of prerequisites toward BSN program, age 29.
    Psychosocial: Birthed first child, age 28.
  • first child born, Linus Eugene

  • Adulthood: Cognitive Event, age 29

    Cognitive: Returned to school for completion of prerequisites toward BSN program, age 29.
  • Adulthood: Psychosocial Event, age 28

    Psychosocial: Birthed first child, age 28.
  • family dog, Ginger, died (18 years old)

  • son, Linus', first birthday - an emotional time as a mother

  • my 30th birthday - a milestone birthday

  • Birth of 2nd Baby, another boy!

  • Finally complete BSN and begin working in the new field!!!

  • Complete Masters of Science, Nursing - Nurse Midwife

  • Adulthood: Biosocial Event, age 51

    Biosocial: Menopause, estimated at age 51.
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    Late Adulthood (Age 65+)

    Biosocial: Member of a woman's walking group, to keep active.
    Cognitive: Keep mentally active in order to avoid Alzheimer's disease, as it runs in my family. An active member of an arts & crafts club.
    Psychosocial: Retirement, continue volunteering.
  • Late Adulthood: Biosocial Event, age 66

    Biosocial: Member of a woman's walking group, to keep active.
  • Late Adulthood: Psychosocial Event, age 68

    Psychosocial: Retirement, continue volunteering.
  • Late Adulthood: Cognitive Event, age 70

    Cognitive: Keep mentally active in order to avoid Alzheimer's disease, as it runs in my family. An active member of an arts & crafts club.
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    Death and Dying

    Developed Alzheimers, rapid decline in health, death.
  • My Death (est)

    Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers died in their seventies, therefore, I am estimating my death at age 79.
    In the mid-stages of Alzheimer's disease.
    Death due to Conjunctive Heart Failure,