What It's Really Like Growing Up With An Illness
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What It's Really Like Growing Up With An Illness

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What It's Really Like Growing Up With An Illness

From day one we knew we were a little different than the other kids our age, we weren't quite sure how or why but the older we become the more apparent it became. When we were 8-years-old and in gym class with our friends but couldn't keep up with them or were unable to participate in every activity they did it wasn't a huge deal, yes it sucked but it was okay. As we moved into high school and we see our classmates going out and playing two or three sports a year when we are lucky if we can even play one it was obvious, by then we knew that we would never get the chance to be a normal teenager or lead a normal life. When our friends wanted to go TP'ing or to Great America and we could only go on one, maybe two rides, or were unable to keep up with them TP'ing at every house we went to we knew we would never get to experience our teenage years to the fullest.

Then college comes, and our peers are going out and getting drunk or doing drugs, (if that is something you find acceptable) and as usual, they ask us if we want some. Of course, our answer is "no", and it's not because we are 'lame' or 'scared', it is because by choosing to say "no" we are guaranteeing ourselves at least the chance to see tomorrow. We are choosing to hopefully see one more day. We know it won't take much, if any at all to kill us. Believe me, we want to have fun with our peers and experience the college years to the fullest just like you, but we also want to see tomorrow.

We don't envy our peers, we treasure the memories that we have had the chance to make with them and when they look back remember the fun college or high school times we hope that our presence will be a part of that fond memory, even though we couldn't always be a part of the action.

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