Get inspired by this amazing story about very courageous girl who was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome but hasn’t given up!
Some time ago I have written an article “How I got a job in Google” to inspire younger people to not give up on their dreams even if the world is fighting against you.
I’ve received a lot of inspired reactions but there was this one which was way more inspiring than mine and I have decided to share it so you could get inspired as well…Sometimes we become so caught up in our daily routines that we often forget how much we already have. It’s stories like Gina‘s that inspire, humble and remind us to be grateful for this life.
I stumbled across your article while searching for more information in regards to Google’s application and interview process and I had to reach out.
Your article had me in tears. Your personal battles, struggles, courage, strength, and determination hit so close to home and I instantly felt connected.
I, like you, did not graduate school with excellent grades and my high school guidance counselor told me I’d never get into college or make anything of myself.
Two weeks before barely graduating high school, I was diagnosed with a learning disability. This led me to attend Landmark College, a university strictly for the learning disabled that provides highly accessible approaches to learning that empower individuals who learn differently to exceed their aspirations and to achieve their greatest potential.
In the semesters that followed, I became the Vice President of our schools national honor society, was tutoring other students, and despite what my counselor and teachers told me in high school, I graduated from college.
Shortly after my graduation, I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The diagnosis was devastating as I, in the summer of my life, was preparing to pursue a career, but now faced the most difficult battle of my life.
Losing limbs and the ability to walk were commonly discussed in my doctors appointments. Anything that touched my skin felt like razor blades, and because doctors knew so little about this rare chronic illness, I was essentially a lab rat.
Refusing to bow down, I have and continue to fight the battle and due to my persistence and family support, have made great strides in denying this illness to overcome my spirit. I have again defied the odds and continue to baffle doctors around the world with what I would consider my “recovery”.
As I learned more of this illness I also experienced the discriminatory polices of our higher education institutions. I am a college graduate, with an “A” average who desired to contribute to our society to become self-supportive. Ironically, I was met with great opposition and due to my chronic illness, was denied the ability to advance my education. This led me to research the American Disability laws in relation to providing accommodations for the chronically ill.
In my four thousand hours of research I found that one hundred thirty-three million Americans suffer from a chronic illness and of these, thirty-one percent are students. Unlike a static illness or disorder, the higher learning institutions do not know how to handle a person who, by the nature of their illness, is non-symptomatic one day and ill the next.
I set out to change the rules and to make a difference. Working with United States Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and the members of the United States Health, Labor, Education and Pension committee including the Departments of Education and Civil Rights, my research has made a dramatic impact that shall invoke changes to aid those chronically ill students allowing them to receive accommodations to help them realize their full academic potential.
Anna I have built my career on advocating for my rights as well as the rights of other chronically ill people who desire to pursue a college degree. I admit that my resume is not reflective of a “normal” career track, but is indicative of a person who is strong-willed, determined and passionate when faced with the detriments of a chronic illness.
The dream now is to take my knowledge and passions and obtain a position with Google. I know if given the opportunity, I can continue to positively impact and change lives. I am confident that Google would be an employer whose focus is on my potential contributions to the company and not on the illness that walks with me everyday of my life.
I would greatly appreciate any more information, comments, and/or tips that you’d be willing to share with me about establishing a career with Google.
If you have any questions for me…ask away, I’m an open book.
Thank you for sharing your story with the world.