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Award winning essay empowers young people battling illness

Award winning essay empowers young people battling illness

http://pulse.seattlechildrens.org/award-winning-essay-empowers-young-people-battling-illness/

Source: On the Pulse Blog

Christal Hays, of Anchorage, Alaska, is only 18 years old, but she is wise beyond her years. A former patient of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Hays has been through a lot in her life. Diagnosed with genetic nephrotic syndrome and heart disease at only 8 months old, she had a kidney transplant and underwent open heart surgery at Seattle Children’s and grew up traveling to and from Seattle for treatment. For Hays, her untraditional childhood was normal. And from this experience, she has a message for others, “You are more than your disease.”