MHE and Me
Mercy's Story
Hi!  My name is Mercy and I am 14 years of age and go to Logan Park High School.  I live in Dunedin, New Zealand. I am a keen sailor and do sailing and navy based activities on Thursday nights, do sailing with my school on Monday nights, and am out most weekends in races with my dad, who also is a keen sailor.

I also like my friends, my two goats, my family, music, food, drama and just anything else that will make me smile.  I have MHE and it affects me every day, whether it's just stiff legs after sitting down for a wee while, or coming out of theatre* after an operation.  I have had five operations so far and am on the waiting list for my knee to be redone, as the bump has grown back. I get a lot of problems and pain from my ribs as I have extra bones growing there, too. 

I don't really have any problems or issues at my new school with my MHE. I haven't told many people that I have it, but most people here are very kind and understanding. I try not to let it get me down because it makes me me, and I know I wouldn't be the same person if I didn't have MHE. I don't think I'd appreciate some simple things as much and I think it's taught me some very valuable life lessons.  Everyone is special, but people who have and suffer from MHE are that just bit more special and we should all be proud that we are different.  Maybe it is not always a good thing, but none of us would be the same great people we are today if it wasn't for us having MHE.  We should all try to live to the full extent of our being (even with the difficulties).

If you ever want to talk to me, my emal address is mercypursey@hotmail.com.

Thank you.  Much appreciated!

Mercy

*Many of you call it the operating room!