Six years ago today, I celebrated my 24th birthday on a boat cruise with amazing friends and an over-sized sparkly feathered tiara. We drank, sang, and danced the night away.
The next day, I couldn’t walk. I spent the day on the couch, sleeping on and off with spasms of muscle tone – terrified by my worsening condition.
Three days later, I was diagnosed with “narcolepsy with cataplexy”. Since then, I graduated from law school, ran a marathon and wrote a memoir. I’ve also faced challenges and heartbreak.
Lessons learned in my twenties:
- Reject rejection. If someone tell you that you can’t do something, you are talking to the wrong person. Hold your head high and pursue your dreams elsewhere. Keep going forward. Ever onward.
- Accept love from unexpected sources. In the months before my father passed away, I received an unusually large number of messages from blog readers around the world telling me how much my efforts meant to them. The international narcolepsy community carried me as I was losing my pillar of support, helping me through my darkest hour. I beleive that love is an energy, flowing from different sources – always there, if we are willing to accept it from unexpected sources.
Turning 30 is a bit scary, but I am so excited for the adventures ahead. My passion is strong and my vision for the future clearer than ever. Thank you for supporting me through it all!
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