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Posted by kercey on November 26, 2000 at 00:11:08:

I was born with 2 holes in my heart one which closed later over the years and the other which grew smaller but is still there. Also a closed (or pinched) artery. At three months of age they discovered all of this and surgery was done to remove the clogged artery which was replaced with a vein from my leg.
To top everything off I was also said to have 2 bad lungs and pulmonary hypertention (high pressures in the lungs)
My main problem are my lungs but most think it is my heart. By doing the simplist tasks makes me worn out and out of breath. An example would be walking 3 blocks at a normal pace. Easy for most but is a workout to me. You can see I have physical limitations that are not there for most. Growing up so far has been a challenge and I have just come to realize I will never have the experience most have in high school. I am not able to play sports, be a cheerleader, play any active games, even participate in athletics or pe. People would ask me what was wrong because I was sitting out and I would make something up or act like nothing was the matter because I was ashamed. I feel the main reason was because I felt so different and so alone and I thought no one would be able to understand. Also I feared if I told them they would make fun of me. I have only recently gotton passed these fears and am seeking others like me. particularlly teens going through the same situations as me. please if you know of anyone or can help me in anyway email me at [email protected] thank-you!

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