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Juvenile Arthritis Impacted My Social Life

Most children like to be very active. At least, that was the case when I grew up in the 1980's and 90's. A lot of my childhood friends participated in school sports. This would often mean they would stay after school for practice and spend weekends competing against their rival teams. I'd usually go straight home after school and spend weekends in my bedroom. I grew up watching my favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on TV. If I couldn't catch a local game on television, I remember…

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Where Did the Sandman Come From?

Where Did the Sandman Come From?
Baby Sandman

I was born on September 4th, 1978 in Northridge Hospital in Southern California. My parents, Daniel and Denise Sands, named me Mathew Dean Sands. "Matthew" was my fathers favorite book in the bible. Apparently my mother did not have as much knowledge of the bible, thus the reason for only one "T" in my name. I share the same middle name as my Grandfather on my Father's side. My mother was just 20 years old when I was born and my father only a year older than her. I…

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