Hi there, and welcome to my website! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Hannah, and I am a 17 year old Senior in high school. I was born and raised in Sussex County, New Jersey. I basically love all things having to do with animals, nature, art, and spirituality. I have been a hooper for half of my life, performing with a local group, the Spirit Hoopers. I am passionate about physical fitness and self care (I will explain why shortly). Although it may look like I live a pretty normal teenage life, I have been through quite a lot.
My life has definitely been an unpredictable roller coaster. When I was around 8 years old, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Growing up with this challenge at such a young age was pretty hard for me. I wasn't able to do all of the stuff my friends could do; I was in constant discomfort. Over the years, I have been put through different medical trials and been put on many different drugs, ranging from oral anti-imflammatories to TNF-blocker injections.
I recently underwent a pretty big ankle surgery in June of 2017 to repair lesions in my left ankle, which were caused by erosion from my auto immune diesase (for better words, they discovered potholes in my bone, one being about the size of a quarter). My doctor actually discovered that I have the same lesions forming in my right ankle as well, but they are not as severe yet. For my surgery, bone marrow was taken from my hip and put in the lesions, and they drilled into both sides of my ankle to stimulate cartilage growth. Since I have an auto immune disease, my body is always trying to fight itself for no given reason. This delays my recovery time by quite a bit, making it very hard for my body to heal itself. I am still slowly recovering from my surgery, which can be frustrating at times... but "I do not get where I want to go in one leap, I get there one step at a time."