At 15 I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. Over the next 4 years I had 4 surgeries. All of them failed. I was left with a lifetime prescription of Motrin, excruciating pain, difficulty walking and exhaustion.
I didn't know what kind of job I would be able to hold or what was to become of me at 19. Then I had an opportunity to study massage as a possible career--or at least "something" to take my mind off the daily pain.