Today I graduated from Bath High School. I even graduated with Honors after going to school maybe 2 times a week on average for four years. First and foremost I have to thank my amazing family for their unconditional love and support.
Mom, you have been my biggest advocate and fan and have never stopped fighting for me. You have always told me that I can be whatever I want and can achieve anything I put my mind to. It is because of you that I have such huge dreams and no doubt in my mind that I will get there. You have never doubted me for a second and that means so much to me especially because I have doubted myself many times the past few years. I cannot wait to become your best friend in a few years... (you are already mine)
Dad, you have driven me to every appointment and procedure for the past four years and I cannot thank you enough for that. You do so much for me and I fail to thank you enough. You gave me the love for science and one of my favorite days with you (obviously besides the day you fulfilled one of my life goals and took me to see Jewel) was when you helped me with my environmental science project and we got distracted by all of your gadgets that could measure trees and stuff. Anyway, thank you so much for your love and support, and mom may say this is always my go to, but: you are my hero from age zero, and always will be.
Nadia, you and I are not the same when it comes to school... you have things done three weeks before they're due and I wait until three minutes before they're do to even start! I want to thank you for always being there for me, even when I am screaming at you to stop singing or to let me sleep or whatever I happen to be yelling at you about that day. I want you to know that even though I don't say it enough, I do love you and I am going to miss you a ton next year at college.
Bath High School staff, you guys are all phenomenal. Mr. Dodson, you are the world's best principal and you love each and every one of us like your own and you have never given me any trouble about missing school. You play a huge role in my graduation, so thank you. As for the teachers, all of you have done something to help me out the past few years whether it was Mrs. Bond lending me a school computer so I can finish my work at home, or Ms. Murchie for always excepting my late work, or Mr. Poppema and Mrs. Wojcik for strengthening my love for science. You guys have all been amazing and I could not have graduated without you guys.
Fellow endo sisters, thank you all for your support as well. You guys have given me a purpose in life and have always been available to talk and give me advice on treatments or other random questions. I am writing this blog for you guys. I could have thanked everyone else in person or wrote them a letter, but there are way too many of you guys to do that. I want each and every one of you guys to know that things get better and we are so capable of reaching our goals even though some (or most) days we cant even get out of bed. There is always a way and even though this is cliché, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, and man, are we strong.
I decided to start a blog because my mental and physical conditions are constantly changing, and I want to help encourage people with similar experiences, and let them know they are not alone.