Freshman at Villanova, from Mercer Island, Washington
I feel at home at Seattle Children’s. I’ve
been coming here since I was 4. When
I was little, I thought every kid came
here to check up once a year and was
surprised when my friends said they had
never even been to Children’s. They were
really missing out: I got to leave school
for a day and meet amazing doctors
who just wanted to talk about me.
Early this summer I had surgery
to move my midface and upper jaw
forward. I wore a brace on my head all
summer to help support my changing
bones. The surgery made several
amazing changes. The biggest one
is my breathing. Before the surgery,
I couldn’t breathe through my nose
because my airways were foggy
and blocked. Now, I sleep easier and
breathing through my mouth is a
thing of the past. My cheekbones were
the other problem. They used to be
sunken and unable to do their main
function of protecting my eyes. Not
having to worry about my eyes is great,
especially as I head off to college.
My condition wasn’t as severe as some
people’s. But it still affected my life daily.
Little things like breathing different,
looking different, eating different, they
I love Children’s – my providers are
like aunts and uncles, like family. They
are always there for me. It is clear they
genuinely care. They have so much
passion for what they do and so much
joy for helping kids out. I can’t think
of anything I have that kind of passion
for yet – but watching their passion
makes me want to find my own.
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Published in Connection magazine, September 2013