Alright, long story time.
Ever since I could remember, I’ve never had the health of my fellow classmates nor younger sisters. I had my first episode of unknown pains in 2nd grade; where I looked like a fool, crying, during story time when everyone was quiet. I was immediately sent to the school nurse. After the pains died down, I was sent home and forced to miss the rest of that week from school. Probably because I scared a lot of my classmates and my teacher.
Over the course of my life, I’ve had to under go multiple surgeries, procedures, been on all types of medications, seen all sorts of doctors and specialist. I was a regular at my hospital by the time I was 12.
That’s not even the complicated part. I’ve been to tons of doctors, who can’t seem to help. I’ve been given answers that they don’t know or it’ll be okay, we’ll take things one step at a time. When I was 16, I was bedridden and barely graduated because I was often unable to attend school. It’s been very hard. I’ve molted all of my skin before from head to toe. On the flip side, I gain scales and sores for a whole year. I was told my jaw was broken, not by physical damage but the tendon holding it together withered away. I’ve been vitamin B12, D, Iron deficient multiple times. Told my red blood cell count and white blood cell counts were dangerously low. I had a benign lump removed because it could become cancerous. I had hair loss (possibly because of stress.) I was told I couldn’t eat certain things and had to have a very strict diet. My immune system was crappy. Even though years has passed since the incident of the 2nd grade, I CONTINUE to be plagued with pains and the fear that comes daily knowing I might have to miss work or worst become bedridden again and miss this life I’ve worked so hard for.
Over the course of the years, one of my doctors finally diagnosed me with GERD. Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. Later, when I was 20 or so another doctor said that wasn’t the case. How he wasn’t sure what’s causing my problems but I don’t have GERD. I took a step forward only to be at rock bottom again. It made since because I never had heartburn a day in my life. Thank goodness I don’t have to deal with that too. Knock on wood!
After the realization with both doctors. I started taking my life into my own hands. I try my hardest to stay out of the hospitals. After I turned 18, I had to start paying for my own medical bills. By the time I was 21, I was in tons of debt only for 2 doctors to completely contradict each other and be stuck with no answer for my crummy health. I’m thankful and blessed for my mom, who is a single parent of 3. She did this and supported me for my whole life. I had no idea medical bills could be so much yet she would never let me miss an appointment and is always able to afford whatever medication I need.
Understanding that my health may never be perfect, I’ve learned to live with a lot of the pain and problems that come my way. I deal with them by staying optimistic and working hard. I’m 23yrs old, I have a job, something I thought I was never going to have when I was 16. I have the cutest dog! I have hobbies.I hope to attend college someday. I have a life and friends. For these things I am truly happy. Being happy was a battle but I’m here now. Being sick was also a battle but I’m here now! I feel like I’ve came a long way. I’m proud and thankful for this life I have.
I’m hear asking for donations because I’m at a point where I cannot afford my doctor appointments, lab test or medications. As much as I try to stay away from hospitals now, I still have medical problems that require immediate or professional attention. Last May I was just in the ER. That’s another bill, I have to pay now. If I could have avoided going, I would’ve. I’m also still vitamin D and Iron deficient. I have to take a 30k unit Vit D pill, along with 2k daily and 1.5k of Iron everyday and vitamins aren’t covered by insurance. At least not by mine. If you want to add me to yours, please let me know! Jk
If you’ve read all of this. Thank you so much. I appreciate the time you’ve took out of your day. Any donations are a bonus. If you’ll like to donate, please follow the link at the bottom of this post. Just as I get pains periodically, I know they will go away. It may just take sometime. It’s the same with my medical bills. Long as I’m working hard, I can being to fix things slowly but surely. Thank you all again!