life story

‘Can you step into my office?’ Anticipating an assignment, my research advisor abruptly stated, ‘You know you’re disabled, right?’: Woman diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTS discovers identity after lifelong battle with chronic illness

“After months of appointments and ER visits, doctors told me I was ‘just anxious.’ I spent my final year of college nearly bedbound, fully walker-bound. All the activities I built my life around — marching band, the gym, work, parties — fell suddenly away. With that one question, she saved my life.”

‘As I rinsed my car, a man from behind placed a knife at my throat. Hand over my mouth, he dragged me to the floor of his car, forcing handcuffs around my wrists.’: Kidnapping, sexual assault survivor urges ‘there is abundant life after trauma’

“19 years old, I’d found a part-time job waiting tables at a local Olive Garden for the summer. One blistering hot day in July, I dropped a coworker off at work, looking forward to her shift ending so we could go out dancing. I had no idea my life was about to be turned upside down.”

‘At 16, my mom texted, ‘Have you started your period yet?’ Confused, I said no. Before I even had symptoms, she KNEW.’: Teen mom delivers rainbow baby in wake of mother’s passing

“The day after Mother’s Day, my brother called at 3:30 a.m. ‘There’s been an accident.’ Confused, I asked, ‘What do you mean?’ He replied, ‘Momma has BEEN shot.’ Without a shadow of a doubt, the second my mom got to heaven, she sent my son to save me. And that is exactly what he’s been doing since he took his first breath on this Earth.”

‘Hands trembling, I wrote an email to my father: ‘I’m pregnant. Don’t worry. I have a plan.’: Teen mom turned 6-figure business owner urges ‘young parenthood doesn’t need to be a curse’

“‘You need to get an abortion. You’re only 19, just think about your body. It’ll be ruined forever…and so will your life.’ There I went, across the world, to a Third World Country where I didn’t speak the language or know the customs… to start a new life, baby in tow. We were young, naïve, and so in love.”

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