Next: I’m Thankful for Friends I Met Before and After My Diagnosis – Friedreich’s Ataxia News

Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) changed every aspect of me — the emotional, the physical, the spiritual, and even my personality. Pre-FA Kendall was very different from FA Kendall.

I can categorize my friends into those who knew me before my diagnosis and those who met me after. I am blessed to have great friends in both categories, and I lean on each group of friends for different reasons during different phases of life with FA.

Those who knew me before my diagnosis in 2013 knew an outgoing, confident, optimistic, energetic, competitive, funny, carefree, and athletic young lady. I loved life and lived it to the fullest. I was a cheerleader, competitive swimmer, volleyball player, and track and field athlete in high school. I did recreational racquetball and running in college, and played coed sand volleyball and softball after college. I was the bubbly, larger-than-life friend.

Click here to read full article

Font Resize