At nine months old, I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The most recent diagnosis is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy with Dystonic Movement. This means that my muscles can fluctuate from being extremely stiff to extremely floppy. I also constantly experience involuntary movements. I type on my communication device and computer using my toe as I do not have enough control over my hands.
Around four years of age, it was discovered that I had a duplex kidney. This means I have three kidneys rather than the typical two. It doesn’t affect me much.
Throughout my childhood, I was hospitalized every year with asthma and chest infections. Fortunately, now I have a preventive inhaler, which keeps my asthma under control.
In August 2009, I became critically ill. However, it wasn’t until that November, I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, an autoimmune disease. This prevents me from eating gluten, a protein found in certain grains including, wheat, barley and rye.
In October 2018, it was discovered that I had a birth defect known as a Meckel's diverticulum. I required emergency surgery to remove that section of my small intestine.