For most of us, breathing isn’t given a second thought. It’s a natural action of our body. But for 17-year-old Sydney Rose Hotz, it’s a much different story. Ever since the age of 6, she’s had to deal with asthma.
In her Teen Flaunt essay, Sydney shares how she’s become stronger because of her asthma, and why she doesn’t let it stop her from reaching her dreams. Still, it’s a condition that can cause her to miss out on school, dance, and other activities. She refers to it as an “invisible illness,” since you wouldn’t know by looking at her that her lungs are struggling. She writes about what a typical day is like. This includes assessing how tight her chest feels when first waking up and checking the pollen levels outside. She takes allergy medicine and relies on Dulera, a long-lasting inhaler.
Despite the fact that her “bronchial tubes are constantly inflamed,” she just works harder towards her goals. She never gives up! She explains:
Asthma may restrict my abilities in the world of gym class and sports, but it certainly does not restrict capability to write, read, and dream. My lungs cannot force me to shut off my imagination, cease typing, or peel my eyes off the page of a good book. A tough cough cannot make me reconsider my dreams to become a published author one day or to help others through the world of medicine.
Sydney isn’t ashamed of her asthma. In fact, she’s proud of the obstacles she’s overcome because of it. To hear more about Sydney’s experience firsthand, check out her Teen Flaunt essay here.
If you would like to have your teenager or student (age 13-18) write a “Teen Flaunt” that could potentially be published on the Teen Flaunt page, please submit the proposed essay (no longer than 700 words) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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