Acknowledging my family’s support

Muscle Memories

Now that I am older, I can more easily understand how helpless they must have felt in not being able to find a definitive cure. They offered their emotional support throughout my medical journey and gave me the ability to try a variety of treatment options.
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Introducing myself

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The more time I continue to spend in Berkeley, the less I care about censoring my experience with MG. My intention is never to make someone uncomfortable when I bring up my physical and emotional struggles but instead, to exercise my identity in a way that is liberating.
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Time for a change

Muscle Memories

Now, I wish I had remained positive throughout the years, although it is difficult when a physical condition erodes the emotional capacity to do so. I’m grateful for my family and team of doctors. They all fought for me to have more than just a normal life but rather, an extraordinary one.
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A game of luck

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I never once considered myself lucky. I had worked hard through IV and breathing treatments to prepare for all my exams. I had no choice but to push through the dull aches and the sleepy side effects. Classmates couldn’t understand my struggle and often mocked me for “privileges” by stating that I was lucky.
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Pop the question

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I agree that it is simpler to cover up the physical evidence of a battle that sits on my chest. But showcasing my scar has allowed me to look at it as a sign of victory.
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Field trip frenzy

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I waited anxiously in my seat as my fifth-grade teacher officially announced where our annual field trip would be. With a smile, she said, “We’re going to Jekyll Island!” I immediately turned to my friends, and we looked at each other with wide eyes, trying to stifle screams of excitement.
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Delaying my diagnosis

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“When were you diagnosed?” is a question that continues to haunt me to this day. Throughout my life, every pulmonologist to neurologist has asked me this question, but the problem is that I don’t have an exact answer. Having a rare medical condition means that the exact moment of being
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