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Martina Goodman

Martina Goodman and her family. OU Children's Surgery patient.

My name is Martina Goodman. I’m 15 years old and live with my parents in Hammon, Okla. I’ve been a cheerleader since seventh grade, I play piano and I attend summer camps every year. At this point, you’re probably thinking I’ve had a pretty normal childhood – I haven’t.

I was born with mosaic trisomy 22, a disorder in which an extra chromosome 22 is found in many of the cells in your body. It has caused complications with my bones, back, bladder, kidneys and more. I’ve had almost as many surgeries (14) as I’ve had years on this earth.

“I encourage any other kids out there to find something like that of their own. An outlet. A way to turn a bad situation into something positive for other people.”

I try to not be bitter about it. In fact, I’ve been working with the Children’s Miracle Network for the past couple of years as a spokesperson. It’s truly rewarding to use the story of what I’ve been through to help other kids through their problems.

I encourage any other kids out there to find something like that of their own. An outlet. A way to turn a bad situation into something positive for other people. It has helped get me through it, and I think it could help others, too.

Thank you for reading my story.