Always having been an active kid participating in sports such as football and baseball it was very hard on me not be physically able to perform these activities. Sports were a big part of my life. After my first and second surgeries when I was feeling well enough I started an exercise program and better watched what I was feeding my body. I did as much as I could but also listened to what my body was telling me.
It hasn't been an easy road back and now that I am 18 months post op I am feeling the best that I have felt in many years. I still get sore achey joints and go to a chiropractor regularly because my back continues to hurt.
Another focus in my life has been my church family and getting closer to God. This disease made a huge impact on my family and has brought all of us together and we are even closer than before.
I try to be a positive person and a role model and not feel sorry for myself. I go out and have fun and try to live life to the fullest.
~Hunter, age 18