Rare Heart Condition
From Gold Coast, Australia
My name is Jasmin Young, I am 25-years old living on the Gold Coast, Australia. I am the founder of Summer Addiction Swimwear and at the time of writing this I am 30 weeks pregnant with my first baby.
I aim to live my life inspired by my favourite quote; “Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.”
When I was 19, I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition after catching a parasite in South Africa, where I was volunteering. This was one of the most life changing moments of my life. I spent close to three years constantly in hospitals and specialist clinics—being pricked, poked and prodded with no conclusive results.
During this time, I battled some very serious health complications and my quality of life was severely impacted, especially as a young adult. Learning to deal with the diagnosis of a heart disorder was a difficult process.
There were many times I found myself asking ‘why me’ but the love and support of my beautiful family and friends helped me persevere through each and every day.
I'm a strong believer in making the most of any situation and if anything, my condition has taught me to cherish the blessings in life.
From my diagnosis, I learnt two very crucial things.
The first is that life is way too short to let fear and doubt stop you from pursuing your dreams and passions.
Each day you wake up is a new opportunity to reach your goal—and this is the exact approach I have to life, every single day!
The second is to surround yourself with people who support, inspire and drive you to be the best person you can.
During my diagnosis, treatment and ongoing recovery it was my loved ones who gave me strength to persevere.
I believe programs like WEM are/will be hugely important in providing support, encouragement and positivity to those people diagnosed with serious chronic illnesses. It gives/will give people the appropriate resources and tools so they feel empowered to make the best best decisions for themselves and their bodies.
I wish there were programs like this around when I was first diagnosed with my heart condition as I strongly believe knowledge is power.