A girl was reflecting on her surgery anniversary and she said something that really struck me:
"Going into this; I wanted a fresh start. A place to begin where I wasn't trapped by choices and genetics that weren't of my own choosing."
I think there is a lot of truth in this statement. I wanted a fresh start as well. I think I would edit my statement to add not being trapped by PAST choices that I had made. While there were some choices my parents could have made to help me some, overall I have to take responsibility. I have been out of their care for many many years now.