Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you our first ever 1000 Challenge Community Member spotlight.
Her name is Sarah Phillips and her story is a remarkable one. Before we get to that I would like to encourage more of you to share your stories to be featured here. I truly believe we can all learn from, motivate and inspire one another.
My vision for the Member Spotlight is for it to be a ripple effect to the rest of the world. Sarah talks about the ripple effect in her story. So with that, I would like to introduce you all to Sarah Phillips:
I am so honored that Jesse has asked me to be in his Special Member's Spotlight!! He inspires us all so much.
I was diagnosed with a serious and progressive heart and lung condition (Pulmonary Hypertension/Eisenmenger's Syndrome) when I was born. This means I am cyanosed (blue) as my respiratory system does not convert oxygen very well. I have been in and out of hospital my whole life and I unfortunately have seen one of my friends and then my husband pass away soon after our wedding from the same disease as I have. When I was finally putting my life back together after Matt died, I was told that I needed a heart-lung transplant. I was terrified and devastated at the same time, as it was my greatest fear for over ten years that I would get sick enough to need a transplant. It was like a black cloud hovering in the distance and getting closer every year as I have slowly stopped being able to do things like driving and grocery shopping.
I lashed out at the Doctors and my friends and family because I was in such a bad state. I felt like I had lost everything and I had to move back in with my parents. I was so angry that my life had turned out this way - this was NOT what I wanted and NOT what I expected. I had no control over my (Cont from Newsletter)
anger and I hated myself for it. It was like I was standing beside myself watching myself behave this way and I was horrified I was treating everyone so badly around me that loved and cared for me. I was so ashamed of myself and I didn't know how to stop.
I am very thankful for the day I realised that if I didn't stop being afraid of transplant I was going to die. I would die because I was afraid to even try or believe that I could do it. That I would NEVER get an answer to "Why me?" because there is no answer. That everyone has things in their lives that they don't want or expect to happen to them. That my life could be the complete opposite - the Doctors could have easily told me that I was not a candidate for transplant, which happens to a lot of patients through no fault of their own.