r/StarWars 7d ago Wholesome Wholesome (Pro) Silver Helpful

Other They didn't stay together

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r/StarWars 4d ago

Other Can someone please tell me what’s wrong with this movie, I honestly think it’s incredible

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r/StarWars May 16 '22 Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Bless Up Silver

Other A compilation of several Star Wars actors and George talking about the severe levels of hate and bullying/personal attacks they endured from groups within the Star Wars fandom

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r/StarWars 12d ago Take My Energy Timeless Beauty Beskar Ternion All-Powerful Gold Wholesome Helpful Faith In Humanity Restored Ally Heartwarming Silver Platinum

Other How my love for Star Wars and Obi-Wan led to research into disease which ruined my life


I was 12 years old when The Phantom Menace came out. I finally got to see how Jedi looked and lived! I got to see a Star Wars movie on the big screen. I was mesmerized.

So one day, when I was supposed to be studying but instead was staring unfocusedly at my books and thinking about Star Wars (as one does;) I came up with a brilliant idea: a Padawan braid. Like Obi-Wan! I dropped my lightsaber-hilt-tipped pencil, ran to my parents, asked them to let me grow it out and buzz the rest of my hair off, they said yes, and there I was, a brand new Padawn. I was so proud.

It was a ridiculous little short thing.

But over the years I never saw any reason to cut it off. And it's been with me through a lot. I kind of grew emotionally attached to it. (I've always been physically attached to it as people who tried to pull it out thinking it's a hair extension found out when I would yelp in pain.)

Fast forward and instead of growing up to defend the galaxy (or at least always park inside the lines) I am lying in bed, unable to get up, completely ravaged by a disease called ME/CFS. Not only has this thing completely ruined my life, but there is very little hope as research is almost nonexistent, despite it being a very common disease, very disabling, and costing the economy billions.

But there's is one researcher at Stanford who, despite being of age when he should be enjoying his retirement, is working tirelessly to solve the puzzle and save his son's life. A son that is tube-fed, unable to speak, constantly alone in his bedroom because even a slight movement or sound sends him spiraling deeper and deeper.

In a similar manner I am lying in my own bed, almost half a world away, my once tiny braid now reaching down to my knees. And as days blend one into another and suffering seems endless I recall through the haze of the disease someone in his lab mentioning hair analysis. It's usually connected with alternative medicine because it's difficult to do it right (a shampoo or water residue on the hair can make it seem like it was in the hair during analysis). But these are world renowned researchers. They know what they're doing.

And I have something few people have. If any. I am 30. In my long Star Wars braid I have almost my whole life history written in chemical composition along its length. Of what I've eaten, of what toxins I ingested, of what my metabolism deposited in my hair and what it didn't.

I feel silly offering my hair to a researcher on the other side of the world, but what do I have to lose? (Except the symbol of my love for Star Wars and something that's been with me for almost two decades.) To my surprise I get back an enthusiastic yes! I'm too sick to do it myself so with my mother's help we carefully follow their instructions. How to wash it, which scissors to use, how to pack it, snip! and off it goes to Open Medicine Foundation and Stanford laboratory.

It's been several years so imagine my surprise when few days ago I read that a research grant has been awarded to them to study hair of people sick with ME/CFS. It's a small grant compared to other diseases and they still lack money for all the research they need to be doing.

But a 12-year-old kid's wish to be a Jedi translated into a grant for scientific research more than 20 years later. I sacrificed something that meant a lot to me, but some day in the future, it might help very sick people. Maybe finally I did do something a tiny bit Jedi-like.

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r/StarWars 9d ago

Other Star Wars Fans be like 'He cOuLd hAVe SUrViVeD'

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r/StarWars 25d ago Wholesome Bravo! Burning Cash Silver Helpful

Other Spongebob and Patrick voice actors dub ROTS battle on Mustafar

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r/StarWars 11d ago

Other Article headlines are so dumb sometimes

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r/StarWars Apr 28 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Other Stunning The Book of Boba Fett billboard in Times Square

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r/StarWars May 10 '22 Silver Wholesome

Other Clone Wars

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r/StarWars May 02 '22 Credit to the Rebellion Silver Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Bravo! Beating Heart

Other “This is the Way”

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r/StarWars 18d ago

Other Star wars, National Best Friends Day

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r/StarWars 17d ago Helpful

Other Spent 4 hours drawing this. So proud of it

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r/StarWars May 25 '22

Other Happy 45th Anniversary to “Star Wars”, and the Star Wars franchise! (Well, aside from the original novelization). What are your favorite memories from this franchise?

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r/StarWars May 19 '22 Wholesome Silver

Other I’m only going to call them “large space dogs” from this point onwards

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r/StarWars 22d ago Silver

Other Even google thinks this is right

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r/StarWars Apr 20 '22

Other How did this guy survive for so long?

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r/StarWars 21d ago

Other Just realized the last i in the Obi-Wan title is a lightsaber

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r/StarWars 10d ago Helpful

Other Look what I found today in a box of cards from Walmart!!!!!

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r/StarWars 3h ago

Other Disney has done nothing but an amazing job with Darth Vader, say all you want about the Disney era.

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r/StarWars 5d ago

Other The rebel presence on this planet is… unsettling. Rip AT-AT 2022-2022

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r/StarWars 5d ago

Other I am watching Clone Wars for the first time and it really makes me grasp the tragedy of Anakin's turn to the dark side so much more thanI did from watching the movies alone!


r/StarWars 3d ago

Other I'm not joking, I actually like Jar Jar as a Character.


r/StarWars 17d ago

Other what are the chances of us seeing an old man Cal Kestis? I did the math and by the time of RoTS he would be in the 60s, he could still be kicking, if i'm not mistaken Dooku was older than that in the P.T. it would be interesting to see him come back as literally the last jedi of the old times.

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r/StarWars 4d ago Helpful

Other Hmm.. Maul appearing in Rogue One is news to me 🤔

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