Kaitlyn Redding

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My mom found out that I had 22q when I was little. I had hearing loss, thyroid problems, and kidney problems. Having 22q is hard though! I hate having depression and anxiety... it sucks.  I had a hard time making friends at school.  People judge me for the way I talk and I feel like I’m not good enough for anyone.  I have a hard time being around people and making friends. I used to be bullied and cyber bullied online.  I’ve been through so much over the past years and I’m just done with people putting me down.  I am a nice and caring person with a  good heart.  I won’t let 22q define me. 

Though I was diagnosed with this syndrome, I didn't let it stop me.  I've had many accomplishments, but one of my proudest moments was losing 30 pounds.  I continue to do my exercises and go on walks. I’ve been doing really well in my life and I don’t care what other people think of me anymore.  I deserve to be happy and healthy.  I graduated from high school in 2013.  I have some hard days and bad days. I'm so thankful for my family, who accepts me for who I am.  My friends are always there for me and they understand what I go through every day.    

As for new families or individuals diagnosed, I would say don't be afraid to show the world who you are!  And remember you are not alone in this world. I feel everyone's pain and what they go through.  I am very thankful I am able to connect with others who have 22q. I would like to become a 22q helper one day!I I want to be a inspiration to others one day. I’m always here if you need a friend or someone talk too you’re not alone! Mental health is important! 

To connect with Kaitlyn....

Follow her on her social media handles below. And she also wrote her own book.

Instagram: kaitlynredding94

Pinterest: Kaitlyn_equestrian  

My website: http://kaitlynsparklesfaith2.simplesite.com/

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