An Unexpected Change of Plans
As a senior in high school, I was looking forward to going to college. I was so anxious to be out on my own, and explore new freedom without any adult supervision. I was going to be totally on my own soon, and I could hardly stand having to wait until that upcoming August. My parents were not only proud of me for my academic grades, they were also proud of me for the softball scholarship I had received to Valdosta State University. At that time in my life, everything seemed to be going just right. Little did I know, my life was about to significantly change forever. Back in January of 1997, I noticed a change in my behavior and my body. I was really tired all the time, and I had gained a few pounds. The biggest change was that I seemed to feel sick all the time. I felt really nauseated in the morning and when I smelled certain smells through out the day. At the time, I just thought I had come down with the flu or a horrible virus. However, this
so called flu did not seem to get any better. About three weeks later, I went to the doctor. Since I am a female, they automatically wanted to do a pregnancy test on me just to make sure I was not pregnant. The pregnancy test turned up negative, which made me happy. The doctor found nothing wrong with me, and said, “Pamela, I think you are just stressed out with work, school, and sports. Just go home and take the next few days off, and I am sure you will feel much better.” I did what the doctor said, but after a couple of weeks passed I did not feel any better. Once again, I made another appointment, yet I felt like the appointment would not come soon enough. My appointment was on Friday, February 4, 1997. My doctor ordered several different blood tests for me, so he could rule out some possible diagnoses. I would not receive any of my results until the following Monday because the doctor’s office was closed over the weekend. I left the doctor’s office that Friday feeling a little...
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