Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 at 7:49 pm by EbonyMom
Being a teenager can be one of the most joyous and tumultuous times in one’s life all at once. My teenage years were full of hormonal angst, magnified by a variety of personal and relationship issues which all culminated towards a time which I will never forget. I was an avid participant in a myriad of sports from track and field to softball and basketball I couldn’t get enough of the challenges of the competitive activities.
One day during a junior high basketball game my entire life focus was completely and totally turned upside down. My coach who was also a nurse at the time noticed that I seemed a bit more winded than usual and she sat me down and took my pulse. She stopped, looked at me and sat down to double check her calculations. She immediately had me rushed to a hospital because my pulse rate was so rapid they were afraid I would seize and enter cardiac arrest. Thankfully no one told me much of anything and just calmly led me along but I soon found out more details when I was placed on multiple medications to control my heart and assessed for thyroid surgery. Thankfully having access to a premier pediatric endocrinologist made all of the difference and both my heart and thyroid were fine and still are doing well today.
Within 2 to 3 years of the first scare I encountered a new issue- during my very first self breast exam I noticed a lump. It was huge- more than size of an egg and I was again assessed by my doctor who scheduled me for surgery. The lump was benign and I had a very fast recovery. Thankfully my faith carried me through both of these incidents and instead of becoming worrisome or fearful about my life I learned to cherish each and every moment. A friend recently told me that they wish they could have the ease and comfort I have interacting with others in social situations. The reality is there is nothing than anyone can think or say about me that take away the joy and peace which flow from my heart.
Watching Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture further affirmed the view I hold of life. Nothing is guaranteed and there are too many uncertainties to not sincerely live your life to find joy in each and every moment. Life truly is a gift and Randy Pausch has shared the things that he’s learned while facing the final stages of pancreatic cancer as a gift to us all. My prayers are with him and his family in such a difficult time and I thank him for sharing so freely so that others might glean from his wise words.