Ways to Find Light at the End of the Tunnel

April 15, 2015
Topics: Riley Kid Story

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Marcie Brock (with Brady Copas) at her book signing for "Through Jake's Eyes: A Grandmother's Creation of Love," which details the first few months of her life at Riley

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.

Marcie Brock

Marcie was diagnosed at birth with Antley-Bixler Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects bone and connective tissue. She is a 2009 Indiana State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. Along with making the campus Dean's List, Marcie won numerous awards during her college education: the 2009 ISU Department of Communication Chair's Award; the 2008 ISU Foundation Scholarship; the 2007 George Carey Scholarship; and the 2006 Bruce McCormick Scholarship. She worked as a reporter for the Parke County Sentinel before moving into the healthcare field. She currently works with Providence Medical Group in the Medical Records Department. She donates a portion of the proceeds from her book, “Through Jake’s Eyes: A Grandmother’s Creation of Love,” to Riley Children’s Foundation.

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