My name is Lashanda and my fight started very early.
Right after I was born (1973) I was kept in the hospital for a week because of jaundice… in my early childhood I was raped and molested and it didn’t end until I was 12…
When I was older, on the first day of 11th grade, I began to instantly fall asleep as soon as I would sit down. I didn’t know it was happening because to me I was awake. I could hear and see everything but when I would wake up to the bell ringing I would all of a sudden be gasping for air. After it started happening in all of my classes my teachers did not even attempt to wake me up.
I went home to let my mother know there was something wrong with me and she took me to the clinic. While sitting in the waiting area, I could not stay awake, and every time my eyes would close, my body would collapse. The nurse at the desk asked my mother if she could take me to a table to lay down. I had no idea I was asleep, because to me I was fully awake. I thought I was going to go crazy, because they did every test there was… they took my blood… but they found nothing.
I was not taken to another doctor until my 12th grade year. At that time I was put in a rehab where a brain doctor worked on me for 24 hrs. They poked and probed, from brain scan, cat scan, writing specialist, psychological testing; you name it they did.
I was eventually diagnosed with Narcolepsy, bipolar disorder, ADD, and learning disability. They found out that my brain is hyper active and my body is hypoactive and put me on six different medications, some which I was thankfully able to stop taking.
My life has been one roller coaster ride, a lot of adjustments, learning how to live again.
Learning to trust in God and that he knows what He is doing. To top it off, I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007. I have been fighting since the day I was born.
My story is not a story full of bad memories, it is my testimony that God is real, he exists and that Jesus died on the cross for me.
My struggles were not done in vain. I am a witness and a miracle. God is awesome.