Jul
3

You tell me WHY and I'll tell you HOW

Mom and I having lunch on NYC

Mom and I having lunch in NYC

“Those who have a strong enough WHY can bear almost any HOW.”- Tony Robbins

When doctors told me I had  to have a kidney transplant. When they told me on more than one occasion that I needed to have biopsy’s to check for cancer or when they told me  that I needed to have surgery on both of my knees and that  my dancing days were over,  I did not ask “why”? When I found out that Emily was putting her life at risk to save mine and my heart was crushed with fear for her, I did not ask “why”?   I never questioned why things happened to me, I always thought that everything happened for a reason. I feel like everything I have been through medicaly was so that other people wouldn’t have to suffer. With every procedure I had done, I thought to myself at least this is happening to me and not to someone else.This attitude has helped  me reflect upon my experiences as experiences that make me stronger.    

 I REFUSE  to allow  my medical problems to  control my life, because I have so many dreams. I REFUSE to give up.  WHY? Because I want to make a difference.  I want to have a family.  I want to see the world.  I want to be able to talk to my mom and dad everyday and I want to see my sister’s accomplish great things. I have learned that when you want something bad enough, you will do anything to figure out  HOW to make it happen!

I have many things I hope to accomplish in my lifetime. One thing is; I want to help give others a chance to fight for their dreams. With your help, we can make a difference…..July is Cord Blood Awareness month please  help me spread the word about this incredible life saving resource!

Jun
18

My Sister's Keeper…..The TRUE story!

My Keepers....Audrey and Emily!

My Keepers....Audrey and Emily!

This weekend is the release of the much  anticipated movie, “My Sister’s Keeper”. The movie is based on the very popular book, “My Sister’s Keeper” written by Jodi Picoult. This story is very close to my story, the only difference; mine is TRUE! If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if “My Sister’s Keeper”  was based on my family’s story I’d be a millionaire by now!!  ”My Sister’s Keeper” is practicaly IDENTICAL to our story :

  • The main character and I were both terminally ill at a young age. We both suffered from renal failure and blood disaeases.
  • We were both lucky enough to have  parents that would do anything to keep us alive!
  • We both had countless surgeries.

BUT the biggest difference is that my sister Emily was not genetically designed , she was a miracle.  She was born a complete match, not by science but by pure chance. She never complained or even hesitated to help, and thats what makes her a true hero! She was destined to be my keeper, and when I count my blessings I count her twice!   Both stories have one huge underlying theme: family.  Without a strong, close and loving family, I wouldn’t be here today!

“My Sisters courage”, my “Mothers strength” and “my Fathers hope” are the words that run across the screen during the previews for the film. Every time I see this, I feel a tug at my heart strings.  I can’t help but feel very emotional! It is a very bittersweet feeling: I feel happy that more people will be educated on these issues, while  at the same time ,I feel a little disappointment that more people won’t realize how real this is.

There will be THINGS  in life that’ll make you happy, TIMES in life you will  never forget, but it’s the PEOPLE in your life that will  ALWAYS matter the most!

Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

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