7 years ago, if you had told me what my life would be like today, I would have been devastated. I had big dreams for my future, and the idea of spending much of my time at home and in bed at the age of 22 would’ve absolutely crushed me.
But sometimes life has a way of changing our plans- and God has a way of making our lives better than we ever imagined. Starting at the end of my Junior year of highschool, I was diagnosed with several chronic disorders that would forever change the direction of my life. Most of them had such long names – like Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome- that even I had a hard time pronouncing them, let alone understanding them!
Since then, my life has been diagnosis after diagnosis and appointment after appointment. I’ve truly become a professional patient! I take more pills than most anyone I know and have already had 2 surgeries for my condition, with more on the way!
For years, I kept waiting to get healthy so that I could be happy again, but each time things started to improve another health problem would surface. I soon realized that happiness wasn’t something that was ever going to just happen to me – it was something that I had to choose
Ever since I realized that, I’ve made it my goal to discover what true joy is- and how I can obtain it in my life. Some of the happiest people I’ve ever met also live in some of the hardest circumstances- and I have learned so much from them! I have also found meaning and comfort as I studied the bible and the book of Mormon and come closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I’ve truly learned that “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives, and everything to do with the FOCUS of our lives.” – Russel M Nelson
I hope you will join me in my journey- through every awkward doctors appointment, new discovery and, most importantly, in my search to find lasting happiness!