Humans of BRAVE: Rachel Tessler
Hello brave humans!
Today's Humans of BRAVE showcases an individual who is empowered by her choices by choosing to see the good throughout a struggle. How do you empower yourself through your choices?
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“It started when I was 4, I got bitten by a tick on my face and I was undiagnosed with Lyme for two years; had quiet seizures, not concentrating, really exhausted. At 6, it got really bad; I had spots on my face. I didn’t go to school full time. I missed many subjects. That’s why I still feel there are gaps in knowledge that I have. I couldn’t do sports, I couldn’t do what the other kids were doing. I couldn’t play at recess. As a kid, you don’t know what to do in order to work around that, especially if you don’t have the resources. That’s when I turned to theater at 9 years old. I was getting more entranced in all that and I found a group of people. As I got older, I realized that I can do the other things that other people can do. I can’t let being sick hold me back. I managed by just pushing through and asking for help when I needed it, I tried to find ways to show that I was a hard worker. I sought out what I needed to move forward. I always asked for help, I always tried really hard on assignments and my grades would go up and I would call people to get information. Also, seeking help from friends helped, especially in college. They helped me realize the potential I have to manage and lead. I didn’t think I would be where I am today. Personally, I didn’t think I would be at UConn or at a school like this. With my persistence and my ability to manage what limits me, I was able to do it. I still struggle, I still have tics, I’m still tired. But over time, I learned how to manage it and be the best I can be. I always used to think what would happen if I didn’t get sick. I constantly had that thought going through my head. I recently only stopped having that because I was really happy with where it led me. I don’t think I would have the same personality growing up the way I did. I like to think I am an empathetic person and I don’t think I’d be as empathetic if I hadn’t gone through it. It led me to theater and I’m super thankful. I was exposed to that because I couldn’t run and it led me to those people who are doing good in the world. I’m more exposed to good now because of what happened.”