Hannah Leasure’s Mother attempts to give her medication
On Christmas Eve 2013, I was admitted to hospital, where I stayed until April 2014. I had the RARE autoimmune disease called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. It took the doctors months to figure out what I had. I almost lost my life, BUT I lived through it. It was the hardest thing I have ever experienced. Surviving was the EASY part.
The hard part? Having to go day by day for months, just lying there pretty much dead. My pulse was 60/30. My body wouldn’t move but my brain was 100% irritated. Blood transfusions, donor blood plasma, feeding tubes, wires, spinal taps, being in the ICU, I can go on and on.
After coming back to it, I had to re-learn who my family was… including my parents. I had to re-learn how to say basic words like “hello”. I had to learn how to walk again. I couldn’t use my legs, I couldn’t use my arms. I was catatonic. It was like I was dead but there was still a pulse. I had to re-learn how to chew and swallow. I was stuck with a feeding tube for the longest.
Seeing my scar every day reminds me of how badass I am, and I will never forget that. I couldn’t do anything for myself. While having to get through this, I was getting through it with my heart shattered because the one who I wanted there the most was never there. I cried every day. “I just want to go home!” “Why can’t I be normal?”
Not only am I a survivor but I am a fighter. I fought every day to be who I was before all of this… that normal 17-year-old senior high school girl, like the rest of my friends.
So, every day, I got up out of that hospital bed, wiped my tears away and said to myself “girl you got this”. I finished all of my therapy because I knew fighting was the only way to get this done.
After going through all of this, I got out out of hospital to realize that a huge rumor spread all around town saying that I got my disease from smoking K2 spice. Obviously THIS. IS. A. LIE. My medical records state that, and I still have them.
So, with all of this being said, I went through a lot from having to dealing with this, losing friends, having to start my life over but I would not trade any of it for the world because this made me who I am today. I was a teenage girl who went through an awful depression, who was paralyzed. Now I am a strong woman. I am walking, I can run, I can bend, I can eat, I have a great job, I have a wonderful boyfriend, I have my family and great friends.
We all have trials in life, it’s up to us how we control it.
I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. Praise God. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Hannah’s book, Glowing After the Darkness, was published in 2016 and is available on Amazon.
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