My Early Battles— Birth and Early Health Problems
Before start telling you about my accomplishments, it’s important that you understand how my life began…
My life had a rough start. I was born April 30, 1974 — about three weeks earlier than I was supposed to be. In addition, my mother had a difficult labor. Her water broke, but labor pains hadn’t started, so her labor had to be induced and I was pulled out with forceps. After that, I spent some time in the hospital because doctors found that I had several health problems. These included a heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot, or blue baby syndrome and hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. I had open heart surgery when I was three years old to correct the hole in between the ventricles of my heart, and a shunt operation (can’t remember the age?) to clear out the fluid in my head that was pressing on my brain.
Doctors also think I may have had a stroke, or something happened when I was developing. One side of my body is a bit larger than the other. It doesn’t cause any real problems for me, but it’s most noticeable in my face — one eye is a bit larger than the other, and one side of my mouth appears to droop when my face is relaxed. Some people have noticed and asked me about it. Others don’t seem to notice, or if they do they don’t ask me about it.
Later, I started having seizures. I had my first seizure at about age 5, and have had them sporadically ever since. I have taken different medications, including Phenobarbitol, Tegretol, Trileptal, Keppra, and Dilantin. I’ve gone for years at a time without a seizure, but even today I still have them occasionally.
I also had some learning difficulties in my early years. I was in learning disabled classes in elementary school, especially for math, which I had problems with and still have problems with today, although I can do what I need to do to get by. In sixth grade, I tested well
Those are the problems I had in my early years. Some of them still persist today, but despite them, I’ve gone on to accomplish some great things in my life. Each accomplishment bolstered my confidence, and lead me to accomplish even bigger goals.
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