Ways to Find Light at the End of the Tunnel
April 15, 2015
Topics: Riley Kid Story
All people go through rough patches in their life. How we handle those situations, though, is what defines us as a person. It seemed like my rough patches, which included multiple operations, would never end. Determination, faith, and my goals or dreams led me to the light at the end of a tunnel.
People with medical challenges need to be determined, have faith, set goals or have dreams to get through life. I had every reason to give up because of being born with a rare, genetic disorder called Antley-Bixler Syndrome. This syndrome, which affects bones and connective tissue, caused me to have numerous operations and repeated hospital stays. It also hurt my social life since I missed out on a lot of extra-curricular activities during my school years due to recuperating from multiple surgeries. My parents and I knew I was being treated by the best doctors Riley Hospital for Children had to offer.
Doctors told my parents that my symptoms caused by the syndrome were fixable, but it would be a long road to recovery. Sometimes without pain, there is no success. I knew pain was temporary, but my family and friends helped with my determination to get through the pain and tears. I knew my reward at the end of each struggle would be independence and a better life. There were many times that I thought I would never get to the light at the end of the tunnel. Although it took all the strength I had not to give up, I was proud of myself when I finally reached that light.
My message to those who are going through a rough patch in their life is to not give up. Be determined, have faith, and set goals or have dreams to keep going in life. My parents and I were hopeful that doctors could fix me so I could have a bright future.
Don’t let those rough patches define you as a person or change your character. Believe in yourself to do the unthinkable, and all the pain and tears will lead you to success.
That is the light at the end of the tunnel.
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