I was born with a rare liver disease and at 9 months old had a liver transplant. You can read more about my journey here.
A few weeks ago, I took part in my second World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. It was great to see so many of my old transplant friends and I was able to make new ones too. I feel at home when I am surrounded by people who have gone through a similar path as me. They just get the daily struggles I have and it’s fun to compare scars.
The games are about celebrating my second chance and a way to show gratitude to my donor, my hero. My family was there to support me through the week and I did my best and brought home a gold, two silvers and a bronze. The gold was in breaststroke, the silvers were in freestyle and long jump. My bronze was in the 100m.My favorite event is long jump and running.
I am grateful Texas Children’s helped me along the way and made it possible for me to go to Malaga. I will be training now for the 2018 USA games and look forward to sharing my journey.