Hello there! My name is Miranda. I’m 22 years old and working on my undergrad in English. I love to read, write, run, play and watch basketball, eat copious amounts of chocolate and Netflix it up. I love to learn just about anything (except math), but I’m especially enjoying my major courses and French.

Like many of you, I’m still hoping that some ruddy bird named Errol got lost with my Hogwarts letter. If it does ever find its way to me, I will have absolutely no problem being twice the age of the other first years.

I have a grey and white cat named Annie, who is my best bud despite having an unfortunate habit of stealing and hoarding my hair ties. I also have three beautiful, adorable little nieces who I love more than I previously thought possible. Oh and the rest of my family is ok too.

I’m a medical rarity prone to conditions difficult to diagnose and harder to treat. When I walk into a doctor’s office physicians cower in fear and play hot-potato with my chart–which by now is easily the size of the unabridged Les Miserables (fitting I think). My major diagnoses include: Primary Immunodeficiency (“CVID-like”), Chronic Migraine, Asthma, Gastroparesis, IBS, Allergies, [suspected] Endometriosis, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

What does all that mean? It means I plan my spring, summer and winter vacations around doctor’s appointments. It means Friday nights are reserved for infusions. It means I get to bed by 11 on school nights and Saturdays are consumed by school work for the week ahead so I won’t get overwhelmed if I get sick. It means that I have a love-fear relationship with food, and everyday life for that matter, because anything I eat, touch, or breathe can make me sick or cause me pain. Other than that though my life is pretty normal. Kind of. Maybe?

The only thing that defines my life more than my chronic illness is my faith. I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (I’m a Mormon). I love my Savior Jesus Christ and His gospel more than anything. Unlike my illness, my faith is something I choose–I choose it again and again everyday, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.