My name is Alyssa, and I have Gardner syndrome. I am a college student, studying psychology at Western Washington University. I am graduating in March 2013 and hope to continue my education to become a registered nurse. My goal is to work with people who have cancer.
Right now, I am a living skills specialist, and I take care of adults with developmental disabilities. As I am about to graduate from Western, I have recently started a blog and am in the process of writing a book about my experiences with my dad having familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), me being diagnosed with Gardner and how it has positively impacted my life. I am in the final stages of editing my book and looking for ways to share both my book and my blog.
My hope is that sharing my story can help others find hope, and I just want people to know that good things can happen from negative experiences. Throughout my book, I make meaning of my experiences. I believe that once meaning can be found within challenges you have faced, you have overcome them.