Have you ever had anything traumatizing happen in your life? Was there something that you held on to so tight because it seemed as though there was no hope, or the pain would never go away?
Yes those pictures are of me when I was in high school before and after having a major surgery. I was diagnosed at age 11 with Crohn’s disease, after five years of feeling sick and miserable. Doctor after doctor, diet after diet, even being told by a psychologist that I “was making it up for attention” or “it’s all in my head.” It sucked so much and no one could do anything for me, take the pain away, calm my fears. I learned to be strong on my own (also through prayer and begging god to fix me)! One thing that has been a constant in my life was my deep ♥️ & appreciation for orangutans. My bedroom was covered in posters of gorillas and orangutans, stuffed animals. I’d watch gorillas in the mist (too many times to count) researched #dianefossey
watched everything I could find about these amazing women and their gifts. It touched my heart so deeply and the love and compassion they had for these amazing wild animals. They had no fear, and when they did they let it go and kept moving forward.
I learned so much from watching their life stories unfold. It touched me in a way nothing else could at the time. My passion, my mission was to be “just like them when I grew up!” Well life took over and that didn’t happen, but god has relit that passion and dream once again bringing me back to my childhood.
That stuffed animal I’m holding went with me EVERYWHERE, when I say everywhere I mean everywhere! Every place I went, every dr apt, test, surgery, you name it. It some how have me peace, strength, a calmness and hope! 🐒
What has changed your life, brought hope, or a dream that you have yet to fulfill? One day I WILL meet #JaneGoodall
and tell her my personal story and how she shaped my youth and dreams!! #orangutan #gorillas #dianefossey #orangutansanctuary #janegoodall #dreams #childhoodsreams #conservatory #ellendegeneres #volcanonationalpark #mydreams #makeadifference #southafrica #uganda #rwanda #dreamsbemade #trauma #childhoodtrauma