RE-EVALUATING YOUR WORTH... Quantifying my value with a direct correlation to my productivity has always been one of the things that I’ve struggled the most with throughout my life.
My parents are very hardworking people who prioritized a good education for my sister & I above all else.
I have always been the creative, driven & ambitious type & saw vocational success as the marker for my... well, worth.
At the age of 16 my lofty goals were to have a high powered career in advertising & live in New York City.
To hell with marriage & kids, I was going to be a career woman... heck, maybe even both! It was the new millennium after all & we were told we could “have it all.”
Wait, what’s that saying?
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
Well, it turned out that Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome had other ideas for how my life would unfold. EDS is the rare, genetic & incurable connective tissue disease I was born with... though I didn’t know it at that time, I wouldn’t be diagnosed for another 17 years, at the age of 33.
I was repeatedly hospitalized for severe & inexplicable anaphylaxis & injured in four seperate car accidents from the time I began my degree in Creative Advertising Design in 2000, at the age of 18, to the time I left my hard earned career due to intractable neuropathic pain in 2014, at the age of 32.
Yes, you read that right. Four car accidents.
No, none of them were my fault... in fact, two of them involved drunk drivers colliding with my vehicle.
The reoccurring anaphylaxis is now attributed to issues with my mast cells (a comorbid condition of EDS). Because of my delightfully defective collagen, I’ve never really recovered from the injuries I sustained. So, needless to say, my career plans were delayed & downright derailed quite frequently.
Every, single time I managed to fight my way back to health & functionality (I was confined to a wheelchair for 9 months when I was 20 years old).
Even when I didn’t think I had it in me.
During university I was told, by multiple specialists, that due to chronic muscular-skeletal/neuropathic pain & various injuries...
CONTINUED IN COMMENTS BELOW 👇