Welcome to Hilsabeck Hooligans!
Anyone who knows our family we are just a bunch of wacky hooligans! Please come and support Melissa and her family raise awareness for Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) and the Platelet Disorder Support Association!
So far this year has truly been one of reflection. Seven years ago I was a college freshman ready to explore all avenues of adventure. Now that I have a “big girl job” working at a civil engineering company I finally feel like I’m settling into life...and I can finally take a breath. A long, overdue, deep breath. I’ve checked off all the boxes society instills in us; go to school, get into college, graduate from said college and get a job so you can set yourself up for a fruitful, successful life. Well check, check, check, and check. So I find myself thinking now what? Where am I supposed to go? What’s my purpose supposed be in this life? As these thoughts flood in I find myself reflecting on how I got here.
I was a college sophomore going in and out of the hospital receiving treatments for something I had never heard of. To this day I haven’t met many 20-something year olds who also had to decide to have their spleen removed, let alone continue on to receive chemotherapy treatments. Yes, those were difficult, stressful, and undoubtedly moody and emotional times; but what I didn’t know is that my work and my journey hadn’t even started yet. I didn’t find out about PDSA until after all my treatments were completed, and by some miracle I entered remission. Even at the time I attended my first conference and met Caroline Kruse, Nancy Potthast, Cathy Aldama and Kristin Hunt I still didn’t know what was happening. Now that I take my deep breath and reflect I can see how all these small moments at the time were actually big stepping stones to the here and the now.
I would have never met so many incredible people like Leilani de Castro, Kelly Torres and Brittany Heck. We have had 5 successful 5k events with every year getting bigger. We have implemented an ITP Networking Group throughout Orange County and meet at least one new person each time we get together. We created a Kids Camp at the annual conference so families are more inclined to attend without worrying what to do with their children. It’s these milestones that make me realize that I am a part of something way bigger than myself. Something that I didn’t ask for, but a journey worth perusing and a purpose worth fighting for. I am right where I’m supposed to be. We can’t wait for you to join us this September at our annual Pump It Up For Platelets Event.
Don't forget to check out The Journeys page to read all about the girl's who put on the event and their ITP journey.
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