This I Believe

Cassandra - San Antonio, Texas
Entered on December 10, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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I believe that there is a God. I have been through many hardships in life and after every situation It has only proved more to me that He is there watching over me. In March of 2007 I was diagnosed with a virus called Encephalitis. The kind of Encephalitis I had was rare, so rare that doctors had no idea what to do. I can’t even remember anything from those 3 months of me being in the different hospitals and facilities. This is because one of the symptoms for Encephalitis is memory loss. I had to relearn how to eat, walk, and talk. Also I wasn’t able to sleep for weeks. The doctors told my parents that I might not make it and to pray for the best. After the three months of being in the hospital I was let out and sent to Warm Springs, a rehabilitation facility. I spent about a month and a half there. They helped stimulate my mind and worked with me until I was better.

After that, the doctors said I was well enough to go back to school, which was a miracle because my family wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to go back to school or go back to living a normal life. I started my senior year but was behind due to the credits that I missed my second semester of my junior year. However, when June 7, 2008 came around I walked proudly across the stage because I had succeeded. I knew that God had been watching me throughout that whole experience and I know He wanted me to succeeded and learn from this life changing experience.

When someone gets Encephalitis there are only three outcomes. One is that you die. Two is that you are permanently brain damaged for the rest of your life. And three that you are only 80% back to normal. I am so thankful that I’m in the third category. All of this only proved to me that there is a God because He answered all of my family’s prayers when they prayed all of those nights for me to get well. He, God, is what I believe in.