This comes without warning, but I am back in the U.S.A. for the foreseeable future. My job in South Korea was much too stressful, and my family desperately needed my help back on the East Coast. This was supposed to be only a six-month stay, but it would appear I will be here for much longer than that. I was upset about having to leave, however life has a funny way of putting you exactly where you need to be.
Upon my return I began setting up doctor’s appointments, and right away my doctor found something amiss. “Your chest wall seems very deformed, have you always been like that?” Why yes, I had. I never thought anything of it. After a precautionary x-ray, it would appear I have Pectus Excavatum, or a collapsed chest wall.
Now, this is not life threatening, but it can interfere with everyday activities if severe enough. Mine was severe enough. I’ve never been able to keep up with fellow children/people my age; I’ve always justified it by stating I’m not an “athletic person,” but it would appear that are medical reasons why. On top of my lungs not being able to expand to full capacity, the collapsed bone has managed to push my heart to the right. I am still undergoing testing to see if there is any effect on my cardio functions, and I have yet to meet with my primary doctor to talk about a possible surgery. For now, I’m taking it easy at home.
On the bright side, I have been accepted to graduate school, and have a 10-week internship lined up in D.C. I refuse to let anything get in the way of my dreams. I will always keep my head up, and do what I can to achieve my goals. Even if it takes me a little longer than most.