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At the age of 4 I became very sick and spent most of the time going back and forth from the hospital I then was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at the age of 4 which means an enlarged heart I was transferred to the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and put on the waiting list for a heart After a year of waiting in the hospital I met with doctors nurses volunteers and teachers that made things so much easier and less depressing My heart transplant was received January 4 2004 at the age of 6 After the heart transplant there were not any major complications afterUp until late October 2012 everything seemed to be going fine I then started to feel sick again with stomach aches and constant fevers I went back to my hospital in Philadelphia to see exactly what was wrong My heart was fine but for some reason my fevers would go away and come right back After running many test and then a CT scan the doctors found out that I had growing lymph nodes and was diagnosed with Post-Transplant Lymph Proliferative Disease PTLD at the age of 15 This was a result of my heart transplant I had years ago I had to undergo Chemotherapy which took a toll on me What kept me in the hospital even longer were my constant fevers and learning how to walk again I was eventually sent home to catch up on my life at home and school Chemotherapy was done and all signs of PTLD were gone I was well againWhen going through my heart transplant I was much younger I understood everything that was going on and what I was going through but I did not get the gravity of it I did not understand that I could die if things did not go right With PTLD it was a different situation I was worried about everything from if I would ever get
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