By Sarah Synk
I got held back in elementary school,
I was one of the oldest students there.
I sometimes liked being the oldest.
By staying back,
I was able to succeed.
There is nothing wrong with succeeding.
Back in the day,
Everything seemed awful.
I got sick when I was a child,
My parents realized
something was wrong with me right away.
I looked awful,
I was turning black and blue,
My parents said I couldn’t breathe
That I was trying to gasp for air.
My family took me to a church
thinking I was gonna die,
The priest at that church baptized me.
My parents cried every day,
I was just too sick,
I was diagnosed with a disability.
It is called Velo- Cardio- Facial- Syndrome,
Also known as the DiGeorge Syndrome or 22Q,
This all has something to do with the heart.
They diagnosed me with a broken heart,
Many hospital visits soon after.
When I grew up a bit,
I couldn’t even walk.
Right when I started walking,
My parents were about to leave for vacation.
They got my first steps on the video recorder,
They were happy.
I made em’ proud.
Throughout my childhood,
I had to take P.T. (Physical Therapy) to gain strength…
That way I can sit up straight without any pain.
I had to take O.T. (Occupational therapy)
to strengthen my hands.
Someone saw a scar near my heart.
They questioned it.
I got extremely embarrassed about it.
I am still embarrassed about my scar today!
I joke that my heart is still broken,
But it’s not!
I try to look at my scar as a symbol of beauty.
Sarah Synk often turns to music and writing as a coping mechanism. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org amd her blog can be read at https://writingreadingmusic.blogspot.com