Dhylles DavisFour years ago, I was so sick from an infected fibroid tumour that I almost died. I recovered and my real journey in life began.

Prior to that I was always on the go with work at a fashion production business that left me drained because I wasn’t taking care of my health. I ended up having a DNC after getting pregnant and discovering I had infected fibroids that were the size of golf balls.

I ended up in the hospital for 13 days and was being treated with various antibiotics and my blood count as low as 13. One morning I woke up and looked at the palm of my hands which were matt grey and at that point I knew I was going to die if the fibroids were not taken out.

So in July 2011 I had a myomectomy to remove four fibroids and began the long eight week healing process. But three weeks into my recovery, my life was turned upside again. My fiancé found me collapsed on the bedroom floor with excruciating abdominal pain and I was rushed to emergency.

This time I discovered my gall bladder was damaged beyond repair. I was admitted for emergency surgery just three weeks after the removal of the fibroids which I was still in the healing process of. One month later, I had my gall bladder removed and started another healing process. This time I had something good to look forward to as I spent two weeks planning my wedding to marry the love of my life Dennis Davis, who stood by me through the entire ordeal. On August 20th 2011, I walked up the aisle to marry my husband and celebrated being alive.

I am now healthy and happy and I have learned that it should not take a life threatening experience to live life to the fullest. After recovering from so much illness I realised that every second in life counts. I believe we should always take leaps of faith in being happy and being our authentic selves and loving every second of breathing, laughing, loving, walking, talking and all of the other gifts we were given.  Through coming close to death I am determined to make sure I turn my dreams into my reality, so I am living and no longer existing.

Dhylles, USA