Hi, I am Joslyn. I am 18 years old - I have reverse peristalsis and gastro paresis. I went through a lot of pain over the last 5 years. I was worn down both physically and mentally, I would cry almost every night. I was also mad, and I would always ask “why me?”
The day Make-A-Wish Southern Florida told me my wish to go to Hawaii would be granted gave me more willpower to fight this disease. From that day forward, I fought harder not to get sick so I could go on my trip.
Hawaii felt like a wonderful dream. Make-A-Wish had a lot of fun activities set up for me and my family. We were given a rental car and stayed at a beautiful beach resort. We were greeted with leis. We went to a luau and horseback riding in the mountains. But my most memorable moment was swimming with the dolphins. I forgot about my illness, I forgot all the pain, all I remember is pure joy. I was playing with my most favorite creature in the world, not to mention in the most beautiful place in the world.
It was a great opportunity to have a positive experience with my family instead of all the negative ones we have had in the hospital. I think they deserved the trip as much as I did because they were there with me every step of the way. This wish has shown my family and I the light at the end of the tunnel. Something we thought we would never see. It is great to know something so wonderful can come out of something so horrible.
Wish Granters: Monica Maldonado & Elizabeth Ramaya
Referred by: herself
Wish adopted by: Mr. & Mrs. Harvey and Roberta Chaplin