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A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities -Charles DeGaulle This quote couldnt more true even at the age of seventeen my life has been riddled with adversity Everything from major health related problems from birth to my father being injured at work and finally my cousin dying from cancer all have made me realize truly the strength that I possess to carry on I have overcome and am continuing to overcome many health related issues all of which stem from birth At birth my esophagus did not attach to my stomach and in order to correct this problem I had to undergo a major operation This operation resulted in me needing a blood transfusion Unfortunately in 1983 blood donors were not screened for diseases I was one of many who contracted both hepatitis B and C Hepatitis B was just jaundice and showed it self soon after the operation Fortunately Hepatitis C is dormant for now although it is thought around the age of thirty the true disease takes hold There is always that daunting reality that eventually I will need a new liver Another result of my stay in the hospital is my droopy eye caused by an incorrectly inserted IV In this age of physical beauty and especially being a teenager it has been especially hard for me to not feel that I am inferior to everyone else As a result of lack of funds my eye will have to wait to be corrected My father who has been out of work for three years because of a back injury that has left him in a tremendous amount of pain constantly This has resulted in not only a financial strain on our family but also a burden of ache that tugs at me I love my father
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