Reflections on the Journey: My Second Home

By: Wills Porter Shifting Environments Twenty-one years ago, I received my life-saving transplant. Ever since then, I have been to hundreds of doctor appointments and spent a large amount of time in the hospital. As much as I love being home, I also have come to love the hospital. You may be wondering why IContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey: My Second Home”

Reflections on the Journey: Motivation and Purpose

By: Wills Porter Motivation and Purpose When it comes to this life, I believe that we are all here on earth to do something only we can do, this is our purpose. Purpose can be a challenging thing to discover. In a world full of distractions and static noise, we can so often loose sightContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey: Motivation and Purpose”

Own It Part 3: A Word on Responsibility

A Word on Responsibility To truly Own It and advocate for your medical care you have to accept responsibility. In my view, accepting responsibility is one of the hardest things for anyone to do. It is one thing to be responsible for your medical care when everything is going well. However, when you are facedContinue reading “Own It Part 3: A Word on Responsibility”

COVID Chronicles Conclusion: Resurgence

One night we all went to sleep. When we woke, nothing was the same. Many wished this was a game. Many looked for others to blame. This disruption had a name. This disruption was called COVID-19. – As the virus spread no one could run. No one could hide. So.. we were told to goContinue reading “COVID Chronicles Conclusion: Resurgence”

Joy in the Journey Part 6: Classic City

Take a Leap In the previous post, I discussed the importance of not buying into the low expectations others place on you. When I was in high school, I did not do a good job of drowning out the negative voices in my life. It wasn’t until I was a Junior in highschool that IContinue reading “Joy in the Journey Part 6: Classic City”

Own It Part 1: Welcome to Reality

Own It Series Introduction At the age of twelve, I bean one of the greatest experiences of my life. At the time, I did not realize it, but looking back, the teen clinic experience at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was truly incredible. The goal of the transplant teen clinic program at CHOA was to helpContinue reading “Own It Part 1: Welcome to Reality”

COVID Chronicles: Interlude (A new page)

In the prelude I set the stage. I said “too many live in anger”. I said “too many live in rage”. I said too many give into the fear of our age. But today we turn a page. – Welcome to the interlude. By now you know. By now you’ve seen. This is not aContinue reading “COVID Chronicles: Interlude (A new page)”

Joy in the Journey Part 5: Expectations

What do you Expect? If you want to go far in life you must have expectations for yourself. Unfortunately, we so often listen to and adopt the expectations others have of us as our own. In some cases, this can be helpful. However, this can also lead to someone falling prey to the bigotry ofContinue reading “Joy in the Journey Part 5: Expectations”

Reflections on the Journey: Dare to be Different

By: Wills Porter I ran into a friend the other day and he was like.. Mam, I see you doing good. I see you doing well. But I am seeing you now and I didn’t know you then. As your friend I wonder.. How was it way back when? I will never know, so IContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey: Dare to be Different”