Jennifer W.

When I moved to Puerto Rico in 1994, I had no idea that I would live through a near-drowning, even though the island, surrounded by oceans and seas, scared me. I have always had a fear of drowning in deep water. A year and a half after arriving, on September 9, 1995, I was settled … Read more

Yvonne N.

This was written only a couple months after the experience. It is posted in my blog. I was still recovering from major brain surgery and trying to find words for what I had experienced. I gave the surgeon a high-five and told him, ‘You’ll be a rock star!’ as I was being rolled into the … Read more

Hailey M.

I was going into surgery, for the third summer in a row, to try and correct a failed spinal fusion. This attempt was with larger screws and BMP (bone morphogenetic protein) instead of stem cells that didn’t work in the previous surgery. The last thing I remember is being in the operating room, joking with … Read more