Life can change in an instant. One day you feel great, your health is good, you are on your way to living the life you've always dreamed of. The next, you start feeling less than great. And then even worse and eventually you're being told you're sick, more than just a pesky cold that won't go away. Suddenly you have to start incorporating regular doctor's visits and time for treatment into your schedule. This isn't what you were prepared for and you never got a warning this would happen to you. Life has taken a complete 180 without your consent. 

So what do you do? Everyone handles things differently, but there is always that one person who refuses to let go of control of their own life. One woman is fighting a fight she never thought she'd have to, but she is taking each day in stride and showing others fighting the same fight that there is hope and that life continues if you want it bad enough.

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Serena Lawrence graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2012.

She had earned an honors BA in Fine Arts and a specialization in Teaching Preparation and a minor in Art History. She worked hard and it paid off when she got her first job managing an office.

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She started saving money and soon she had enough to move out and get a place of her own.

Life was good and it was just the way she wanted it.

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She was active.

She followed a fitness routine every day, but she found she was having shortness of breath doing normal everyday things like walking up the stairs. 

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From there, her symptoms escalated quickly and in just three months she got the news.

Just a few days before Christmas of 2013, she was diagnosed with stage 3-4 pulmonary hypertension (PH).

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