Well folks, just when you think you've figured everything out, life throws you a curveball. Just a couple of weeks ago I was excited to share the news of my next adventure in my Quest for the Seven Summits, a climb of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica. I put down my deposit for the climb and started to search for sponsors. It was happening no matter what ... until my application for my permit was denied. The reason? My hemophilia.
To say I was crushed is to put it mildly. It's been quite sometime since I was told I couldn't do something because I have hemophilia, and I forgot how much that hurts. Our community believes that anything is possible with hemophilia, as they should, but in reality it's always there. We are never going to be "normal" and we will have to endure obstacles that others won't in order to follow our dreams and goals. To be honest, I am still pretty down about the whole situation but I will not let this end my quest.
It's easy to get upset with the group that denied my permit, but after reading the letter explaining their decision I can see that some education on hemophilia will alleviate their concerns. Unfortunately, that process will take time and since my original departure day is only 45 days from now it will likely mean pushing back my attempt until next year. In reality, one year isn't that big of a deal. It will allow me more time to train, find sponsors, and educate the company about my condition. I have to thank everyone who I've talked to about this for helping me see the silver-lining in this tough situation. Mt Vinson will become a reality and this is just a bump in the road!
I leave you with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi. I believe this quote resonates strongly within the hemophilia and bleeding disorders world. The struggles I have endured because of hemophilia have shaped who I am and have made me stronger. I definitely won't let a denied permit stop me!