Today we are Featuring our favorite Post by @ amyseder
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5 years ago this month, I could have died. I got sick, and it took 6 weeks of chronic, agonizing pain before the doctors could figure out the problem - and when they did it was so advanced, that I had to have emergency surgery that same night. My insides were twisted, my intestines were blocked by my own tissue and dying. There was nothing I could have done to prevent it, and without modern medicine, I would have died. ::
The experience was horrible - the weeks of being so sick and in so, so much pain, battling with health insurance, having my stomach pumped in the ER, spending a full week in the hospital recovering. But! This experience was one of the biggest catalysts to the huge changes I made in my life in the couple of years after.
Being so sick was the exposure therapy that I never thought I would be ready for, and taught me to push beyond my anxiety - which was at one point completely debilitating.
- It taught me that if I could survive this, I could survive so much more. It made me so much stronger.
- It showed me what defines true friendship and love - that the women that came to hold my hand in the ER, that stayed with me through the night, are the ones worth cherishing the most.
- it showed me how important Health Care access is. I am now a huge believer in universal health care, something that I don’t have as an American. And as a business owner now, our health options are terrible, incredibly expensive, or both. My hospital bill after my surgery was $75,000. But I had insurance. Because of that, I paid $3,000.
- Without living through this, I don’t think I would have the life I have now. To pay my hospital bill, I opened a travel credit card, and with the points booked free flights to Japan. I opened myself up to new experiences and to face all of my fears because I now knew I could overcome them.
- Brandon and I had only been dating a couple of weeks when I got sick. He stuck with me, and I should have known then that he always would.
- Also, having your stomach pumped may be the absolute worst physical experience you can possibl