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Please help Paige's family & friends in supporting her to try and improve her future and move past her difficult challenges. Thank you!

My name is Paige and here is my story. I am 15 years old and have had a difficult life with severe health issues and also have had to deal with bullying on top of everything. When I was in 2nd grade I was going through a lot and had already been through a lot of health issues. I went to the hospital, but I don't remember why, and the doctors told me I have a heart problem called LQT3 (Long QT Syndrome - type 3). It's a very rare heart condition....one of the rarest and most life threatening actually! So, I had to have a device put in my heart called an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator). In 2007 the doctors had to do another surgery and had told me I wasn't going to make it through the night. But, very thankfully, a miracle happened and I lived! I have a great family....my mom, Kila; my dad, Tim; and my awesome brother, Jordan. They support me through everything I have gone through. You wouldn't believe me if I told you I've had around 10 heart surgeries. Well, believe it, because it happened! I am going to have to get my ICD replaced in August, which makes it 11 heart surgeries.

In 6th grade I started being bullied terribly. I felt so alone, like no one cared, so I got so depressed and I cried nearly every night. I felt like no one wanted me here. But, then I realized how precious life really, honestly is. I was stalked i 7th grade for a very long time and I couldn't even sleep. I felt scared all the time. 6th and 7th grade was the worst years of my life. Then this past year, 8th grade was okay I guess, but I was still bullied. I was pushed, punched and stalked by the same kid as in 7th grade. I ate my lunch in the bathroom for two weeks because I didn't have any friends, nor did I feel safe. To get to my point, I have been praying and wishing that I could have the money to go to a different school.....a private school. For the last 3 years now we just haven't had the money with all of the medical bills that have accumulated. I know that there may still be issues in a new school, but I would like to have a fresh start to see if things could turn around for me. So, I am trying to raise funds to be able to attend a private school and would greatly appreciate any help that can be given. Thank you for your time!

Paige - 15 years old
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