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Friday, May 20, 2011


For those reading this blog, you may or may not be aware of the path of our senior captain point guard Latear Eason.  Tia (as she is known to her teammates and staff) is a native of Chicago.  And you'd better know that!  She will stand up and fight for the Bulls, the Bears, the Cubs and even Chicago-style pizza.

Unfortunately, 10 days ago, she was diagnosed with Gullian-Barre Syndrome.  While she is expected to make a full recovery, it is an extremely difficult illness.  She has limited used of her arms and legs, is unable to speak and has been in ICU for the past eight days.  The nature of the illness is for the patient to struggle for two to three weeks.  It is part of a virus that effects the nervous system.  After three weeks, Tia will have up to several months of rehab and therapy.

Not that I'm worried about her...Tia Eason is one of the toughest players to have ever worn an LSU uniform.  She has already come back from an ACL, a broken clavicle, and two concussions.  And when I say come back, she sticks her nose right back in the hornets nest.

Today, Tia officially graduated from LSU.  Unable to walk across the stage, we will have a ceremony with her family tomorrow afternoon.  But the disappointment of not walking today was overshadowed by a surprise gift.

Tia's family contacted the Bulls Derrick Rose and informed him that Tia was a home-grown Chicago native that admired him and was a big Bulls fan.  So today, Tia received two photos and a rookie card autographed by Derrick and a note encouraging her to keep the faith.

All of this while he leads his Bulls in the playoffs!  That's what a real MVP is -- MOST VALUABLE PERSON!  Now it doesn't take too many games to watch and fall in love with his play -- but he has gained a lifetime fan in Bob Starkey