Road to Recovery:
This is the first time I've gone out to a large event since my #BoneMarrow
donation surgery back in March w/ @bethematch.
I've struggled with accepting being weak and vulnerable at times and letting my body take time to fully heal. I still experience physical pains, but Be The Match has been extremely helpful with the process. Again, I'm more than happy to sacrifice my health and be subjected to temporary pains, if it means saving another's life - giving a stranger a 2nd chance. I've deflected many chances to go out with friends and families, and at times struggle in social environments, classrooms, and informal gatherings. And starting #PhD
at @ucberkeleyofficial @espmberkeley
ain't no joke! I know my body's limits, and try not to push them for now. It was a struggle getting to the @athletics
game, but it was worth it - to enjoy moments with my family and see fireworks after. I start physical therapy this week, and hope for progress soon. I want to be normal again. This may seem small and meaningless, but this selfie makes me proud. I finally had enough strength to go out. For a brief moment, I did feel normal again. I share a lot, but I don't consider myself a complete open book. Some things I've kept only within my close group of friends and family. One such example was that b/c I wasn't active anymore, I gained a lot weight. I started walking again to rebuild. Not back to baseline weight, but I've lost nearly 20 lbs since early August. I felt it was appropriate to award myself and allow myself to accept my dad's invitation to enjoy a baseball game with the family. To folks who have been trying to reach me, it's nothing against you. I just haven't been feeling comfortable going out. To folks who have seen me out or at speaking engagements - know that I internally put up with great pains just to be present and tried to hide it. I'm making progress. But it's bigger than me. I hope the person I helped does survive. I hope their family gets to enjoy comfort and time. I hope everyone is able to enjoy life and always feel inspired to be the best version of themselves. This has been a humbling experience, and I look forward to bouncing back soon.