Friday, July 3, 2020
Challenges make us stronger. There is no challenge we can't face. Being in the rare community allows those challenges to push us harder to advocate, they push us to be brave, and most of all generate hope in us. Having a rare condition may affect you mentally, emotionally, and physically...but you my friend are strong. Your story inspires hope in others, and can give others hope to accept their own story. Don't be afraid to share it with the world.
Even though it may not feel like it sometimes, even though you may feel frustrated with your condition, and you don't have the exact answers you need, you are strong enough to face your struggles. You have been through a lot and it is not an easy journey, but I am so proud of you. If you fall three times, stand up four. Never forget everything you have been through and how far you have come. The hardest prison to escape from is the mind. It's ok not to be ok. Your illness does not define you. Don't waste time feeling sorry for yourself. Be thankful for your struggle because without it, you wouldn't have stumbled across your strength. The world is in our hands to advocate and make a difference.
You were born to make an impact..so rise up, stand in front of the mirror, and repeat after me... "Hello.... I am Strong!"
-Angela, President of Blounts Disease Strong Foundation