My beeper goes off and I'm called to the school office.
I'm told that I'm supposed to be taken to St. Louis in a helicopter as fast as humanly possible.This was the day that would change my life forever..
..and I didn't even know it.I was the only child in the Jr. high that wore a beeper, some kids thought it was weird and some thought I was I lucky that I even got to wear a one.I didn't think I was so lucky, the reason I had happened to be wearing this pager was because my mother was dying.My mom had a rare disease that attacked her lungs, much like cigarettes deteriorate your lungs, but a hundred times worse.
This disease was called Alpha-1 Antitripsin Diffisionsy.I had never known my mother to not be so sick.Ever since thenwe have to stop every few feet in the mall so my mom can even catch her breath.
This pager going off meant that my mother could have a chance to live long enough to see me grow up a little.For the next three years my family went through hell and back again, and I'm about to tell you how that huge part of my life has made me who I am today. We arrived at St. louis Barnes Hospital early that afternoon.
When we go there they rushed my mom in for prepping, we got to say a short goodbye not knowing if we would see her again.The surgery lasted eight hours, eight hours that we knew basically nothing.That whole eight hours lasted forever, and sleeping on waiting room couches didn't help much.After the long awaited eight hours, we heard that she was in Intensive care and that we could relax a little now.
Knowing that we got a hotel room and stayed the night.Life after that night went so fast from then on.In one single day I went form going to school with my friends to a helpless mom in a town I had never seen before, feeling all alone. The next day we got an apartment set up and school lined up so.