This woman is an incredible example of how to survive, for decades! Turning "lemons into lemonade" is her motto; on a regular basis, she fights hard to endure what most people can never even imagine going through. Her entire life has been a battle against illness, and she has triumphed every day, with a strong faith, open mind and endless heart. Her positivity is like an ironclad; the greatest weapon in the war against immeasurable suffering. Where some people might become bitter and distant, she has rissen above to shine like a brilliant hopeful star among the darkest skies. Cathi is a true beacon of strength and inspiration to people everywhere.
Please take a moment to read her proclamation here:
"I've been sickly most of my life and have been passing out since I was 14 years old.
It never seemed like the doctors really ever knew what was really wrong. It took getting to the point where I was passing out 20 times a day, couldn't keep any food down, had severe joint pain, migraines and a host of other symptoms that a cardiologist finally diagnosed me with an autonomic nervous system disfunction 30 years later, at the age of 44. It still was not until 6 years later that I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos, a connective Tissue Disorder.
I make every effort to raise awareness about these and other invisible illnesses so that no one else has to wait as long as I did to have to be diagnosed. Awareness and education is the key.
My heart is overjoyed at the amount of people that I have been able to help to get properly diagnosed, just from them reading my social media posts, or awareness efforts, or when I get to educate doctors and nurses during my ER visits and hospital stays. Going to the hospital is a LEMON. Using it as an opportunity to raise awareness......LEMONADE!!"
-Cathi Mitchell (Our Visible Hero!)