On August 8th I will be a freshman attending the historic, Spelman College...this is how I got there...
My name is Hunter Haymore, I am an 18 years old high school senior. I have looked forward to this year my entire life and I'm so happy to be alive today to share my story.
I was born with Sickle Cell Anemia and spent most of my life in and out of hospitals. I was so sick that I had to have monthly blood transfusions just to keep me alive. I did that for 5 years; and that's not the half of it. I had my first stroke in kindergarten the second stroke happened in first grade. I missed so much of second grade due to hospitalizations and doctors appointments that I had to repeat it. On top of that I was diagnoised dyslexic. Focusing on school and studying was a challenge to say the least.
While in grade school I realized that although I was different from the other kids I had to accept my life of chronic illness without fear. I never knew when I would be hospitalized. My family and I spent most holidays in the hospital. It was a running joke with the nurses..."happy valentine's day Hunter, we've been waiting for you." I can joke about it now. But it was not funny then.
Despite, my disabilities I never let them stop me.
I have always had a strong faith in God and believed that life would eventually change for the better, and it did. In the 8th grade I had an experimental, un-related bone marrow transplant, curing me of my Sickle Cell Disease. My video tells the full story.
And to my unknown donor, words can not express how grateful I am...you changed my life...I will not let you down...and I hope to meet you one day to properly thank you. May God bless you and keep you.
It has been the breakthrough my family and I only dreamed about. My successful transplant freeded me from the burden of hospital visits. I have dreams, big dreams and now I'm able to focus on my education and my dream of becoming a nurse. I want to give back...I want to be the nurse all the kids know by name...the nurse who makes going to the hosptial just a little less painful and scary.
After much hard work and dedication I am a member of the National Honor Society and I am proud to say, I have been on the high honor roll since 9th grade.
Going to college is something my mom and I only dreamed about. I would watch the t.v. show "A Different World" and pretend I was a student at Hillman College. I knew I had the drive and will, I just did not know if my body would cooperate. I'm so thankful that it has!
I am well on my way to a different world.
I'm a girl who will never stop dreaming. The skys the limit for me. If I have learned nothing else on this journey, it has taught me, nothing is impossible. The word it's self says, "Im-possible."
So, please support me as I embark on my dream of becoming a Spelmanite! Thank YOU!
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