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Finally Living Life

Thursday, October 13, 2011

By Becca Atherton

Hi everyone, my name is Becca. I love writing so I figured that I would start a blog and that since I am living with tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary atresia and pulmonary hypertension I would write about being chronically ill.

I want to take my feelings and use the written word to transform lives and bring awareness to these diseases. I hope to impact people and let others know just how truly special people who are chronically ill are.

As a freshman in college, I have had many people ask me about my future and for the first time I realize that I have a shot at going into the future. I have been so sick for so long, but this year I am truly thriving. I have started college and I haven’t missed a day yet due to being too tired to get up in the morning.

I got my driver's license (even though I was scared). I joined the school’s newspaper staff and even made new friends in my classes. It has taken a lot of work to get where I am today; but it was all worth it.

I am finally living life and I want to remind you all to do the same. Try not to worry as much (despite how scary it is) and live your life. We truly only get one chance and we understand that more than anyone else. So when you wake up in the morning, smile to yourself and remember “I made it to this day, I can make it to the next.”

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