30 Days of PH: Single Mom

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Day 6 of 30 Days of PH⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Topic: Single Mom ⁣⠀ This is Monica’s story @evilqueenmoni74⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ In 2004 I was a single mom of my 6 1/2-year-old daughter, Sadie. I made an appointment due to a pain on an ovary which lead us down a crazy slope that went from “you have a cyst” to “you have Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. I was told that I only had 3-5 years left even with treatment and that I wouldn’t see my daughter grow up so I needed to get my affairs in order. I had to stop working and I worried about how I was going to support my daughter without asking for help. I was then diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (IPAH). I’m now on three life-saving medications to help prolong my life.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ I always made sure to keep her busy like putting her in dance. In a way seeing her dance was the greatest medication ever. I would keep a smile on my face and not show my pain. But, eventually, we had to move back in with my parents because my symptoms were getting. But, I made sure Sadie had the best childhood possible. We made Disneyland our ”no sick/stress zone”. We watch movies and eat late-night snacks while laughing all night.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ To think that I was told I would never see my daughter grow up. Now, almost 16 years later, Sadie is a couple of months away from graduating with her Bachelor's in Psychology. Sadie has been my rock through all these years and I wake up each day thanking God for allowing me to continue seeing her grow. I have beat all of the odds so far and technically that cyst saved my life and allowed me to spend each and every day with my daughter and family.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ I feel I've been able to stay strong and positive through all of this because of my daughter, family, friends, faith, and my PHamily. Sadie and I see life as an adventure and we still have an amazing life to live. Even if we have to take it step-by-step each day and stop to breathe. We have learned that life should not be rushed but enjoyed. Every memory we make each day is a memory that will last a lifetime in her heart. I believe just because we have a terminal illness, doesn't mean that we cannot go out and live life to the fullest with our loved ones.⁣⠀ ⁣

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