About Christopher and 1 Boy 4 Change
I am Christopher Carswell and I am 16 years old. I have been fighting since before I was born...
I have had multiple hand reconstructive surgeries. I have had tonsil and adenoid surgery - it went wrong and I had a feeding tube for a while. I have been in a wheelchair with bilateral leg casts because of my connective tissue disorder. I have overcome lots of developmental delays and some I am still working on...
October 11, 2007 I started having seizures and I went into respiratory/cardiac arrest. I spent several days in PICU and a couple more days in a regular room. I am on medicine that helps control my seizures. I have had lots of tests, x-rays, MRIs, EEGs and EKGs done.
At some point in my life I had a stroke. The area of my brain where the stroke occurred affected my vision - taking away the right half of my vision field. This same area of my brain is where the doctor's think my seizures come from...
I have numerous trips out of state to get treatment from medical specialists. I see a cardiologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon, genetics specialist, orthopedists, ophthalmologist, and a pediatrician. My childhood has been and continues to be governed by medical challenges.
January 2010, I received Bronx, my service dog! Now, at-least, I don't have to go through these challenges alone...
I have grown stronger and wiser through all of my challenges. I have seen the kindness of a stranger, a random act of kindness, a kind word, a prayer and I know “first hand” how good it can make you feel. So, when I was 13 years old I decided to start 1Boy4Change!
Our mission at "1 Boy 4 Change" is to be an agent and catalyst of change - change in the way we see ourselves, our community, and our world - by "paying it forward", raising awareness, and providing assistance and hope for individuals and families with disabilities; as well as by providing support for the dedicated individuals who protect us at home and abroad.
Join me and we can all make a difference in at least one life!