Zeb and RachelleI grew up in the church.  I went to church every Sunday morning. I also went to a lot of Sunday and Wednesday evening services.  I was very active in the youth group.  I always thought I was a pretty good kid but looking back I realized how different I was at church compared to how I acted at school.  I walked the line all through high school; I was blessed with great friends who had a positive influence on me.  I firmly believe if I had different friends I would have been on the wrong side of the line.

The best decision I made was putting my trust in God and choosing to live at the Christian campus house at MU my freshman year.  I still believe my life and walk with God would look completely different if I had lived in the dorms my freshman year.  God surrounded me with amazing people, like Roy Weace.  All my friends helped me grow in my faith; life was pretty easy for me till my second semester of my sophomore year of college.

I got very sick with ulcerative colitis. It’s hard for me to talk about but I will say it was rough.  I spent six years trying to gain control of my health, oh on top of everything I was always fatigue and had an enormous amount of weight loss all at once.  I became depressed; I also experienced social anxiety and preferred to not leave the house. By 2006 I finally agreed to have surgery; the details of the surgery aren’t pretty so if you want to you can look it up on your own time.  I had a surgery called the J-pouch at the mayo clinic.  I weighed 138 lbs. the morning of my surgery and felt as though I could not go on anymore.

I weigh 270 lbs. now so I guess the surgery went a little too well.  I can honestly say I would not be here today if it were not for my family, friends and my faith.  Without my faith and mom always there to take care of me I would have given up.  Sorry I’m not the greatest writer and I know I left a lot out but I hope this helps give you a little insight to how I became who I am today.

Growing up I always wanted to do mission work but when I got sick I kind of gave up on the idea of becoming a missionary.  I figured God had other plans for me, and I couldn’t be happier his plan was Rachelle.  But that’s another story.

-Zeb