"By helping them, I can forget about some of my own problems." -Patch Adams
By now, it's no secret that I have problems... A lot of them in fact. Between my deafness, CRPS, joint hypermobility, dystonia, dysautonomia, and several other problems, I spend every minute of every day battle pain, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, joint subluxations and more. It's a constant stream of non-stop symptoms. While I don't let it affect my life and the way I live it, it doesn't change the fact that my symptoms are still there and I feel and deal with them everyday.
Enter the part of my life where I am a lifeguard and EMT. Both are giant passions of mine because I have the opportunity to help people in their moment of greatest need. Sometimes the situation could be as simple as a nosebleed or a bandaid. Other times, it is much more serious. If I make the wrong move, this person will die. If this person's spine gets moved, they may never walk again. It is serious business. However, it is my passion. It allows me to help other people in the medical sense. I get to forget about my own problems and help others through theirs. Not many people get to say that have saved someone's life or that someone is alive because of their actions. I'm thankful to be one of the few that can.
Medicine is not just a passion. It is a place I find solace in.
I am a 20 year old junior at the college of my dreams. I am studying Emergency Medicine and Communication Rhetoric and minoring in the Administration of Justice and National Preparedness and Emergency Management certificate. At some point, I want to go and get my paramedic certification when my health allows. I have several chronic illnesses and this blog and website serves as a place for me to share my journey fighting CRPS and my other conditions. I hope that this blog can also serve as an outlet for raising awareness for rare diseases. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment; I'd love to know what you think!