If you have been arounds this blog for a while you know at the end of the year I choose a song to go with the year. This year's song is Be Okay by Oh Honey.
I choose this song because I feel like it reflects the attitude I have had the year. Even through hell this last year it has also been one of if not the best year of my life. Almost all the good things that have happened have somehow been results of my health.
In the beginning of the year I was newly diagnosed with Celiac disease so I went to the campus dietician. Little did I know at the time what a major role she would play in my life. A couple weeks later I started babysitting her kids 4 times a week and her family became my second family. Not only that I know if I ever need something I can ask her, she has taken me to the ER and I have stayed at there house when I wasn't feeling good. I can not thank her and her family enough for how they take care of me.
The same time I started working for them I was asked to take over a 2nd grade Hebrew school class at the Hebrew school were I had been substitute teaching. This is a big deal for me. I love working there and it looks amazing on my resume. In addition the faculty I am apart of there has been so supportive of all my health struggles.
Over the summer I worked at the same preschool I have worked at in the past. The director has served as my mentor. She has also been chronically ill her whole life so she truly gets it. During my hardest times she provided me with incredible insights that have shaped my attitudes towards my health and how those around me deal with my health. We both know this coming summer I will need to stay in Philly to be near my doctors but leaving the preschool was probably the hardest part of my decision.
During my summer hospital stay I met some of the most incredible people. Towards the end of it I met Anna. She has been through so much at such a young age she proves to me it is possible to smile through everything.
Finally this semester has been a whirlwind with lots of hospitalizations and ER trips. By some miracle I made it through with the grades I needed to be able to get in to the program I want to do. I served on a committee for HootaThon, a dance marathon that raises money for CHOP. I also had the chance to speak at it and a high school dance marathon which was an amazing opportunity.
I am so thankful I have been surround by so much love and support in the last year. Those around me have taught me how to be strong. I would not trade in the bad because with out the bad I would not of had the good.