There was nothing much to fear 

My life’s choices were very clear 

It was, strive to live 

Or to death, adhere 

 

I didn’t want to succumb 

Make life for my family numb 

I am a fighter 

Giving up felt dumb 

 

No regrets are in my mind 

My decision helped life unwind 

Forever, I’ll strive 

To love, live and find 

 

Respect all that life presents 

There isn’t purpose to resent 

Life’s a mystery 

That, I’m confident 

 

It has been 3 years since I went for brain surgery, resolved my epilepsy and had a stroke. As I reflect on the experience, I remember that my choices were very clear. There wasn’t much to fear when, in my heart, I knew that the options were: to strive to stay alive or adhere to epilepsy taking my life away. I didn’t want to succumb to death. I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving my family in a sad despair. I wanted to continue being a fighter because giving up never felt right to me. 

Looking back on the past 3 years, I have no regrets with my decision. Brain surgery freed me from epilepsy, commenced my journey of self-discovery and offered various joys I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. I find tremendous fulfillment in being able to love, live and discover the mysterious gifts life offers. 

Despite the hardships life will provide, I’ll forever encourage everyone to respect and persevere. There’s no purpose in finding reason to resent life. Life is a mystery meant for discovery and I am confident in the treasures it offers everyone willing to endure the journey. 

To the successes of the past 3 years and to the ambitions I intend to pursue, I celebrate life, love and individuality. Live long, everyone. Enjoy everything life gives, love every opportunity and stay unified with your unique self. 

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