30 Days of PH: College Life

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Day 24 of 30 Days of PH⁣ Topic: College life ⁣ ⁣ This is Emily’s story.⁣ ⁣ My name is Emily Weiss. I am 19 years old, and I have Pulmonary Hypertension. I am currently attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. When first looking into colleges while I was still in high school I was terrified. High school was pretty rough for me. I went to 3 different schools, I didn’t have very many friends and never fit in. ⁣ ⁣ Going to college in a different state is certainly hard. Being away from my family, doing everything on my own, and keeping myself healthy. I decided to join a sorority to help meet people and it for sure has helped. I’ve always told myself that I would never join one because I didn’t want to buy my friends, I certainly did not. It is an agriculture sorority and I can relate to people that have the same major as me which is Pre-Veterinary medicine. ⁣ ⁣ Having an invisible illness and going to college isn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. Even though my school is very hilly, I get by just fine. Alongside the PH I have anxiety. Living here on my own, away from my family has made it worse, I got an emotional support dog to help me not feel so alone. He makes me super happy, and for sure helps me stay exercising and always getting out of the house. I am so glad that I decided to get him. ⁣ ⁣ I have family friends close by in case something goes wrong. I am certainly blessed with my health. My pressures are near normal and all my vitals look great. I have been so very lucky over the past few years. I have supportive parents, an amazing best friend, and a wonderfully supportive boyfriend. ⁣ #30daysofPH #collegelife

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