I was 2 or 3 when I started attending Port City, and started off in Growzone. I’ve worked my way up to Treasure Island, Tsunami, and Ripple Effect. One piece of advice that has impacted my life is, you never know what someone else is going through, so just be nice to them.
I found out I had brain tumors in second grade, and had surgery. I was really afraid of the tumors because my best friend Jake died of brain cancer while I was in 2nd grade. In 3rd grade the tumors began to cause seizures. When I was in a coma in third grade, I had a dream that I saw Jesus, Jake, and my great grandfather.
In middle school I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). I struggled with POTS a lot--whenever I stand up my blood pressure drops, and my heart starts racing--it makes me feel like I'm gonna pass out and I’m tired all the time. It has completely changed my life. Having gone through many health issues, I want to help others going through similar situations. For my 13th and 14th birthdays, I had giant party, and raised money for kids at Duke Hospital who are terminally ill.
My faith really started picking up during Tsunami. Scott West--my small group leader--has showed me what it’s like to have fun while still being a Christian and gentleman. He’s helped to show me how important quiet time is, and how important it is to have a personal relationship with Christ. Because Scott has made such an impact on my life, I wanted to pay it forward and do the same by becoming a Tsunami small group leader. By serving in tsunami I have learned how amazing even the smallest of victories are (laughs). Through all the struggles in my life, I have found how important it is to rely on God to get through all of it. My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, because it shows that no matter what happens, God’s got it.”