Stories of Resilience: Karen Diaz

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You have the power to choose your mindset. Let yourself choose you. It’s ok to want better.

Being born with a disability is tough. I have two choices: to dwell or be resilient and never give up. Throughout my life, I’ve experienced pain, self-doubt, low-self esteem and depression. I was born with brittle bone disease (so I break very easily) and I fell and broke my hip in March of 2019. 

I went to the ER and was told that I only had bruises since the X-rays came back clear. One week later I saw my orthopedic surgeon for a follow-up. She looked at my X-rays and didn’t see any fractures but decided to do further testing via a CT scan. After the testing was completed I was told that I needed surgery immediately. I was shocked and in disbelief as my surgeon explained that my hardware had come out of place and I needed what would become two surgeries in 24 hours. 

Throughout this ordeal, I had to withdraw from school. I was scared that I would not be able to graduate with my cohort but I had so much support from my counsellor and in May of 2020, I graduated. I was doing very well until about one-year post-op when I discovered I needed surgery, yet again. One of my screws had come loose and needed to be fixed. I was angry, disappointed and still processing my last trauma, but I said to myself, “Okay Karen, you’ve done this many times since birth, you can do it!”
Recovery is a process – we don’t develop courage by just putting on a smile every day, we develop courage by surviving every obstacle. You have the power to choose your mindset. Let yourself choose you. It’s ok to want better.

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