My Story

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I'm Jordan Elizabeth Diggs and THIS is my story.....

I was born August 7th 1996

I'm 17

I have a artery disorder called Fibromuscular Dysplasia that led to kidney disease. I found out when I was four years old. I went in to get my tonsils taken out. When they removed my tonsils my throat wouldn’t stop bleeding.... they were going to close it up but decided to leave it alone and let it bleed. I remember my mom told me I would wake up, throw up and go back to sleep. My blood pressure was 299/148. The doctors decided to send me home. That night I slept with my mom and dad. The next morning I woke up and my dad’s pillow was covered in blood. My throat had bled during the night. We went back to the hospital and the doctors told my mom and dad that if the surgeons would have closed my throat up I could have had a stroke and died.

Not too far down the line I began having very bad stomach aches. I couldn’t sleep and my dad would stay up and hold me rocking me so I could sleep at least a little bit. I went to the hospital and had test done and found out I had ulcers in my stomach so I had to take medicine for those.

For some reason every time I would gain weight I would decide to stop eating and I would end up dehydrated and end up in the hospital. It went on for a long time. I was in and out of the hospital for weeks, even months at a time. I was really sick but finally I began to gain a little weight and I didn’t do it that time. I gained the weight and didn’t end up back in the hospital for a long time.

Through my life I had problems with my left foot a lot. I had a sore on the top of my left big toe and it would never heal because of the bad blood circulation. When I was 12 I could barely use my left foot because it hurt so much. I ended up getting a wheel chair and used it to go some places. Others I could walk but not on the right side of my left foot. So I went to the doctor and he said I could either have my toe taken off or later lose my leg after it spread

That year I had my big toe taken off and man did that hurt. When I stood the blood would rush to my foot causing bad pain. I had shock pains from my nerves. It hurt but I can tell you, not as much as it did when I had my toe

After it healed I could walk again like a normal person. I could press all the way down on it, I could run somewhat and I felt better after that. Over time it became so natural to me I began using flip flops. I didn’t have to have a toe. I could walk in them like anyone else.

But that wasn’t the end of my problems.

September 11th 2013 my mom got a call from the doctor and the doctor said are you sitting down? My mom said No why? The doctor said you may want to. My mom sat down and I was sitting there watching her and could see the pain and sadness in her eyes. My mom hung the phone up and my dad said what’s wrong? My mom looks at us and said the doctors are going to put her on the transplant list because her kidney functions dropped a lot in the past year.

I was sitting there thinking and then broke down crying. I had been through so much in my life and then it got worse by me having to be put on the kidney transplant list. I was scared. I didn’t know what to do but I did know what to say..... God will help me.

That’s what I said to my mom that day I was okay but after couple of months it hit me. I began thinking what would happen??? Will I be okay? What if I have to have a kidney transplant and it doesn’t work?? I was scared....I felt like God had left for a while. But I remember what someone said to me. You can’t lose faith. That’s what the devil wants you to do....

My story isn’t bright but it shows that I am strong I have faith and because of my faith I believe I will be healed.....

I'm Jordan Elizabeth Diggs and this is not the end of my story........Not yet.

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