Sherman Special to the AFRO M any fans of the late comedian Bernie Mac recognize sarcoidosis as the inflammatory disease of the lungs that took his life. Believed to be caused by a bacterial or viral infection that produces restrictive granules or nodules, sarcoidosis travels from one organ to others, destroying tissue wherever it lands. With heart sarcoidosis, nodules develop in the heart, interfering with its electrical conduction system and causing an abnormal heart beat. Denise Duncan, who shared her story of living with sarcoidosis with the American Heart Association said her condition actually began with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure.
Lorde's mother was of mixed ancestry but could " pass" for ' Spanish ',  which was a source of pride for her family. Lorde's father was darker than the Belmar family liked, and they only allowed the couple to marry because of Byron Lorde's charm, ambition, and persistence. At the age of four, she learned to talk while she learned to read, and her mother taught her to write at around the same time. She wrote her first poem when she was in the eighth grade.