A young girl bends over another little girl to hear the heartbeat of her father. If you watched the first episode of Code Black last week, you know what I'm talking about. If you didn't, here is a brief synopsis. A father and his daughter are in a car accident. The daughter has only a few scraps and bruises, but the father is brain dead and an organ donor. At first the daughter is upset that her father is being kept on life support so his organs can be harvested. Eventually she understands that something good has come out of her father's tragic death when the story line ends as I described above.
We all have tragic and difficult moments in our lives. Sometimes we find silver linings/make lemonade out of lemons. But sometimes we hold on to those lemons until they rot in our hands. We just can’t let go. Both have tremendous affects on our lives and who we are.
One of the things in my life that has changed it and me is my experience with Guillain Barre Syndrome and its aftereffects. As a recap for some and an introduction for others here is the basics of my experience. At age 24 I came down with an illness called Guillain Barre Syndrome while battling pneumonia. The first thing to be affected was my legs. I could not stand. Within 36 hours I was paralyzed to my shoulders. Within another few hours I was on a ventilator. I spent 2.5 months in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, most of the time on that ventilator and paralyzed to my forehead. After 4 months of rehab I was able to take my first step. It took close to another year before I could walk without crutches.
During this experience and my life following I’ve been able to see the silver lining at times.Sometimes my faith has been strengthened and I’ve used my experience to help others. There have also been those times I’ve felt defeated and angry. Over the next weeks I plan to share some of the stories from my experience with Guillain Barre Syndrome and the years following. Some may inspire you. Some may shock you. Some will hopefully make you think. So I hope you take the time to read these posts and also share your similar experiences in the comments section.
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