Christy’s Story

Hi my name is Christy, I’m 19 years old. I was born with tetralogy of fallot. I had surgery at 1 day old. Six months old. 2 weeks after I turned 16. I had a heart Cath in December 2015. They put in a valve. In 7th grade I started to get extremely sick with stomach issues. I still struggle with my stomach every day and continue to work with them GI department down at Children’s. I also have arthritis and I’m with the Rheumatology Department down at nationwide I also see a doctor down there for asthma and sleep issues. I try to stay as positive as I can. Some days are harder than others. All my doctors down at Nationwide makes me feel right at home. One thing that really helps me is heart camp that Nationwide Children’s offers; I look forward to it every year and I’ve made life time friends. Everyone asked me how do I stay as positive as I do most. My answer always is its because that’s who I am and I’m very lucky to be here. I’ve known some kids from camp has lost their lives because of CHD but that just makes me thank God every day. Being born with a heart condition has made me who I am most people would like to change that and it does suck at times but that’s makes me who I am!
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Hi my name is Christy, I’m 19 years old. I was born with tetralogy of fallot. I had surgery at 1 day old. Six months old. 2 weeks after I turned 16. I had a heart Cath in December 2015. They put in a valve. In 7th grade I started to get extremely sick with stomach issues. I still struggle with my stomach every day and continue to work with them GI department down at Children’s. I also have arthritis and I’m with the Rheumatology Department down at nationwide I also see a doctor down there for asthma and sleep issues. I try to stay as positive as I can. Some days are harder than others. All my doctors down at Nationwide makes me feel right at home. One thing that really helps me is heart camp that Nationwide Children’s offers; I look forward to it every year and I’ve made life time friends. Everyone asked me how do I stay as positive as I do most. My answer always is its because that’s who I am and I’m very lucky to be here. I’ve known some kids from camp has lost their lives because of CHD but that just makes me thank God every day. Being born with a heart condition has made me who I am most people would like to change that and it does suck at times but that’s makes me who I am!

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