Josh Kaminsky, Global Youth Advocate/YouthHOPE Volunteer
This past June, I had the pleasure of joining Ends Cycling for their Great Lakes Bike Ride (GLBR). I got the pleasure of meeting Kaitlin, a youth who at the age of 16 was diagnosed with two heart conditions: Mitral Valve Prolapse and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). She had to all forms of physical activity and change her diet to limit caffeine (no pop, coffee or chocolate). According to her dad, she felt defeated.
Fast forward 3 years, and Kaitlin was so inspired by our other runners that she decided to run a little too. She had been cleared to start incorporating physical activities again and wanted to run for the youth of Haiti, which was the country GLBR was raising awareness for. Kaitlin was able to run a half marathon (13.1 miles) on her second day running with no issues with her heart! It was amazing to see her come to life with excitement for what God had done through her. As she ran, she prayed for the youth of Haiti and listened to “It’s not over yet” by For King and Country. Some of the lyrics say:“To everyone who’s hit their limit, It’s not over yet, It’s not over yet, And Even when you think your finished It’s not over yet, It’s not over yet. Keep on fighting. Out of the dark into the light, It’s not over. Hope is Rising. Never give in, Never give up, It’s not over yet.”
Kaitlin’s story is not over yet, even when she thought it was. If you are feeling down, I pray that you would realize it’s not over yet. God’s not done with you. He’s still telling your story, so don’t give up, keep fighting and trust that God has a plan for you still.