I started my website about 4 months ago. The reason why I started it, was to help people who are going through chronic illnesses and spread awareness to those who aren’t. I have also learned that my illness doesn’t define who I am as a person. I thought I would share with all of you who I actually am, so you can get to know me as a person outside my illness.
- My blog.
I always had a passion for writing, however, I never had anything to write about, until I became ill. I never expected the amount of love and support that I have received. I came to a point in my life where I thought I could either allow this illness to take over my life, or I could take this illness as a learning tool to help others who are going through this. I wanted to use my website to spread positivity and love even through dark times.
- I have a passion for running.
I started running my senior year of high school. It was a way for my mom and I to bond. I have completed 3 half marathons and countless runs to raise money for a cause. Crossing the finish line is one of the most fulfilling, free, and best accomplishment I’ve ever done. Holding my mom’s hand while we crossed the timer was a special moment and created a bond I’ll never forget. I will fight this illness so I can do what I love again.
- Dancing and pageants.
I started dancing when I was about 5. I loved dancing! It was a way for me to share my story and let out my feelings through movement. In 9th grade I started color guard. It was the best choice I’ve ever made. I found amazing friends in that group, and made memories that will last a life time. I started doing local pageants in 11th grade. I also had a blast being on stage, and getting all dolled up. For my talent, I was able to share with the audience dance routines that I wrote. When I get better I can’t wait to do another pageant to share my platform of chronic illness.
- My passion to draw.
Ever since I was able to draw, I fell in love with it. It’s a way for me to let out stress and put my feelings out on paper. I love to see the ending product and be able to feel a sense of accomplishment.
- My family.
My family and my friends have a special place in my heart. They are there for me through the good times and the dark times. I also have so much love for my pets, they truly are family. I can honestly say my family is my rock, my safe haven, my world. I would not be where I am today without the endless support, the everlasting love, and the fun and laughter we share.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story other than my illnesses. I think during hard times, doctors appointments, and not feeling well, it is important to remember the real you. You are not your illnesses, don’t ever let your illness define who you are. Remember, stay positive and keep going forward. ❤