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The Day My World Changed

February 4, 2014 - My life changed 7 years ago today. That night I wasn't feeling well and went to the ER. I didn't know then that it was the start of a fight for my life. After being admitted, I don't remember much about the next month (the forgotten February!), so what I know I've pieced together from vague memories and others. I do know I went into septic shock and respiratory failure. I know I was put on life support 3 different times. I know many thought it was the end and my body couldn't recover. I know my Mom and siblings and Soul Sisters were crying in the ICU hallway as the team tried to save my life. I know I was told I may never breathe on my own or talk or have any kind of "normal" life if I survived. I won't lie - It was inconceivably dire. The thing is, it would have been easy to believe those predictions, but I also knew that no one understood my will - not just to live, but to be. When I use #StayStrong 💪🏻, those words mean something to me. It's a mindset. This picture was taken 4 months into my recovery (shoutout to Toby the Therapy Dog 🐶).

Although today there is some sadness thinking about how life changed, I also rejoice that my story isn’t over, and I remember that this was the start of #TeamAlli! I know I couldn't have made it then or every day since without the love, support and encouragement of YOU, and I'm thankful always that you continue to walk by my side. Those many years ago the doctors said i will continue to battle respiratory issues that will weaken my lungs and have muscle deterioration. But today I am HERE! I know every day is a gift and I want to LIVE and LOVE and make a difference with all that I have for as long as I have! I know my work here wasn't done, and I can't wait to continue seeing what life has in store! I am changed. I am stronger. ❤

An extended #QOTD that touched me: Sometimes the thing you never would #choose for your life chooses you for a #reason. And the thing you would never #pick picks you to become #brave. Sometimes you get what you #need by walking through what you never #wanted. 💗#DontGiveUpDontEverGiveUp 💪🏻

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