A Story of Courage, Directed by Ariana Feiner (Georgia) - Ariana Feiner shares her story with her rare metabolic condition, Hypoparathyroidism. She spreads her message of hope through her work with her children’s book for kids with chronic health conditions, Ariana Rose: A Story of Courage. Ariana exemplifies that it is not our obstacles that define us; it's the way we face them. My name is Ariana, and my journey with #Hypoparathyroidism began when I was 16 years old. The summer before my junior year of high school, I had a common thyroid surgery that resulted in a rare complication—the inadvertent removal of all 4 of my parathyroid glands. It turned my life upside down, and I spent years receiving life-saving treatments in the hospital. In the process of re-inventing myself with a new identity as a young person with a serious medical condition, I wrote my children’s book, Ariana Rose: A Story of Courage. This book is an uplifting, rhyming story for children facing health conditions. The story gives kids easy mantras to say when people ask them about having a medical condition. It emphasizes that a health condition is a part of you, but it does not define you. It has become my life’s mission to add a voice of representation into the world for people with both visible and invisible disabilities. I have worked to weave everything I have learned in this journey so far into my documentary short film, A Story of Courage. I dedicate this film to everyone fighting an illness or challenge in their life. It is not our obstacles that define us; it’s the way we face them. With Love, Ariana Feiner

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