by Nicole | February 18, 2013
From Struggling to Thriving, Homebound/Medical, English
People who first meet me say I look the picture of health but appearances can be deceiving. I had to overcome many struggles and obstacles in my life as a result of being born premature. My mom was in a near fatal car wreck when she was four months pregnant with me. I do not know if it was all of the steroid injections to help develop my lungs and other organs or if it was just faulty genetics that caused me to have several chronic, incurable illnesses such as ehlers danlos syndrome which is a defect in collagen needed to support the skin, joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, and major organs; dysautonomia which causes me to pass out due to a sudden decrease in blood pressure with an increase in heart rate; sjogrems syndrome, where my immune system attacks itself; gastroparesis, which is paralysis of the stomach muscles needed to digest food and asthma. I was able to keep going to a brick and mortar school until the beginning of ninth grade when I was bouncing in and out of the hospital as a result of my many ongoing illnesses affecting multiple organs. In addition, I have lots of specialized physicians and require continuous weekly medical appointments. All of this cut into my school days with me having to miss a lot of school. My teachers did not understand. They told me I had to keep up with the pace and make up school work that I missed. I've always had a lot of will power but I was overwhelmed with trying to keep up with my class work, all of the appointments, enduring multiple symptoms of my illnesses, and constant hospitalizations. I felt like I was in the middle of a deep ocean with no survival gear, struggling to stay afloat. My grandparents, who adopted me, have always been my support team and we knew I needed to be in a school that would allow me a flexible schedule around my illnesses, hospitalizations and doctor appointments. TXVA at K12 was my answer! It is a full time, tuition free public online school with Texas Certified Teacher support, a broad variety of extracurricular activities, periodic field trip outings allowing students to get together, with a high academic standards in education and best of all it allows me a flexible school schedule. I transferred from the brick and mortar school to K12 in the 9th grade. TXVA at K12 was the life line I needed when I was struggling to stay afloat. Presently, I am in the 12th grade, have a straight A average and will be graduating in June. Thanks to TXVA at K12, I am a survivor!
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