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Colleen’s story about her determination to get to go to the prom- a heartwarming and inspiring story of how courage and determination can overcome the odds!

Hi I am Colleen and I am 17. I reside in Pa and suffer with the lovely condition of POTS. I also have mitochondrial disease, which is a fun one too. I have to admit it has been a tough 3 years since my diagnosis but I strive to live as normal of life as I can (you know cause 2 months recently in the hospital is SO normal haha) Anyways. Even though I have a chronic illness I try to live laugh and love to the fullest. Recently I did get asked to my high school prom. And here is my story to that. One day I was sitting in my hospital (the usual lol) and found out that my prom was going to be in April. I have been out of school for 2 ½ years. So I started looking all over the internet for a dress (mind you I didn’t even have date yet). I was determined to go if it was the last thing I would do.
To “normal people”, if that’s what they call themselves, I may look desperate but I didn’t care. I wanted to be able to actually do things every teenage girl looks forward to. Well anyways I mass-emailed, texted and called my entire contacts list searching for a date. When I almost gave up hope, I happened to get an email from my friend Steve who I have not seen in 2 years. The email wrote “Colleen would you do me the honor of accompanying me to the prom.” My heart melted. That week I went out to find a dress. It was perfect. My prom is April 9th and I’m so excited. I would like to let you all know that it is possible to live to the fullest even though we have a chronic illness. There is hope that things will get better. You just have to believe. Even though I may have to sit through the entire prom, I get to go and feel like a princess like we all, and I mean ALL we deserve to be, healthy or not! <33