Ainslee Harvey – Texas Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination and Photography by Katie Ray Photography Issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Ainslee Harvey is a fighter! She is brave, courageous, fierce, bold, genuine, good as gold, loving, inspiring. She had her 3rd heart surgery this past February. She is quarantined at home her senior year and is still thriving at school, an NHS officer and much more! She continues to have a positive outlook on life and I continue to be inspired by her!
Photography by Katie Ray Photography
Being a heart patient has affected everything in my life. I have to work twice as hard in dance and get through schoolwork even when I can barely form coherent thoughts. It’s a lot of doctors’ appointments, drinking water, and pain. It’s getting up every day and knowing that I made through the day before, I made it through the night, and I can make it through today. It’s coming to terms that my experiences are and never will be, “normal”. But I think normal is overrated anyway. It’s knowing that I’m a fighter and that I have to keep fighting in order to live my life.
The school year has been rough. This is definitely not how I pictured my senior year but the only thing I can do is continue to give it my all and hope that I’ll be able to eventually leave my house and go to college in person come the fall.
I’m also very involved in my journalism department in school. I work in the yearbook, newspaper, and broadcast areas. Being a heart patient means that if I’m having a bad day physically that someone comes with me to interview or record. Other than that, they make sure I’m doing okay and we continue to work. My classmates and teacher are all amazing and I’m so grateful to be able to work with them.
I mostly read fiction, though if a topic really interests me, I will read non-fiction. I really love all genres fantasy, sci-fi, retellings, paranormal, mystery, historical, really just anything that falls under fiction. As for choosing a favorite book, I don’t think I can. They’re all so different and I really love them all.
Look for Ainslee in issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!