awareness

I’ve always been one of those people who loves to plan. I make lists, arrange hangouts with friends, and plan my future as best as I can. When I walked into Linda’s the morning of October 1 of last year, I was planning to get breakfast and go back to my room to watch a... Continue Reading →

credit

For whatever reason, up until a year ago, I never really was able to give myself credit for anything I did. During my freshman year of high school, I struggled a lot. It was taking me 7 hours to complete homework that should have taken much less. I struggled to balance that with swimming and... Continue Reading →

promises

It can be so easy to get caught up in the idea of forever when it comes to relationships. Every day, I see people in brand new relationships throw the word around on social media. It's almost addicting. It's a huge relief when someone promises you that they aren't going anywhere. But who can really... Continue Reading →

change

Happiness is fluid. I found mine in the acceptance that life isn't going to be exactly what I want it to be. Things and people are going to change, and we have to go with it. Nothing is guaranteed, and that's okay. Change is the healthiest thing that there is, even if it's not what... Continue Reading →

passion

When I look back on the past year, I often think about how uncomfortable many of the experiences were. From the minute I woke up after my first seizure, I suddenly felt as if I was living a completely different life. My days were filled with challenges that I had never had to deal with... Continue Reading →

new

There's something about new starts. To me, they feel like magic. After the year I've had, moving into school last Sunday was exactly what I've been needing. I'm writing to you from my bedroom in my new apartment. It's the first time I've ever lived in an apartment and have my own bedroom at college.... Continue Reading →

independence

If there's anything that damages your confidence from the very beginning, it's a parent not showing any interest in your life. Growing up, my dad wasn't around very much. He skipped out on most of the important things that were going on in my life. I've competed in hundreds of swim meets. Summer league, club... Continue Reading →

courage

In my last post, I wrote about anticipating a three day hospital stay to undergo brain scans. I shared that I was experiencing severe anxiety about the testing, mainly because I knew the doctors would be trying to induce seizure activity throughout my stay. During my first day and night at the hospital, I was... Continue Reading →

strength

Strength has a tendency to come and go. One minute, you're seeing things optimistically, and the next, you're feeling so hopeless, you can't even begin to think about how to recover from what you're going through. Throughout this entire past year, I put a pressure on myself to move on from my diagnosis. I told... Continue Reading →

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