HLHS is something I’ll live with forever. In a way, it makes me who I am, but I don’t let it define me.
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The American Heart Association states that congenital heart defects are present in 1 percent of live births. Within that 1 percent, HLHS ranges from 4.8 to 9 percent. I have lived my life with little to no limitations after surviving this rare defect.
Guided by our technology, our responsibilities seem to be endless. We rarely get the chance to put down our devices when we are on call every moment of the day. As college students, many of us take on multiple roles of student, athlete, family member and employee, while still being expected to give each role our entire effort and focus.
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