If I hadn't been born with my life threatening lung disease and heart defect, I more than likely would not have been put up for adoption. I wouldn't have the wonderful family that I do now if it weren't for my PH and CHD.
If I hadn't been adopted by my family, I would never have gone to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. I wouldn't have my amazing church family. A church family that has been with me ever since I was a baby, supporting me and praying for me.
If I had been able to play outside during school recess, I never would've helped out in the school preschool where I learned and fell in love with American Sign Language - something that has been part of my life since I was nine years old and has been an amazing coping mechanism as well as introduced me to amazing people that I am still great friends with.
All of the friends I made at heart camps throughout my life wouldn't be in my life if I had been born healthy.
If I had been able to run, maybe I wouldn't have taken up writing; another coping mechanism for me.
It was because of my PH that we had to travel all the way to New York, a city that I absolutely love and adore. I fell in love with Broadway and the music there. It was because of PH that I experienced the magic of musical and later on in high school made sure I was involved in the drama department as much as I could be.
All of the family and friends that are closest to me, I wouldn't even know if I had been born healthy and not put up for adoption. All of the wonderful memories I share with those closest to me, I wouldn't. Yes there is suffering with my illness but it helps me to cope with it all f I remember that some of the most important people and parts of my life have come from these illnesses. So as strange as this sounds, I am thankful for my Pulmonary Hypertension and Congenital Heart Defects.
What are you thankful for?