Teyla Baker – Indiana Nomination & Photography by Teyla Baker Issue 53 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Teyla is UNBELIEVABLE. She is fighting heart failure, dilated cardiomyopathy, and MANY other chronic illnesses. For the past three years she’s been out of school, she hasn’t had the normal teen experience. She’s almost lost her life multiple times. She’s been so sick and has wanted to give up but she hasn’t given up. Last month she had EMERGENCY OPEN HEART SURGERY for VAD device to help her heart. If she wouldn’t have she probably would have died. This will help her be strong enough to survive a future heart transplant. All through this she still manages to put a smile on others faces. She still is the kind, hyper, and beautiful girl she was before. She is selfless and cares more about the people she surrounds herself with then herself. She’s using her platform/insta to spread her story and awareness she hopes to grow and reach other kids struggling to fight and inspire them. She’s different but deserves to win this because she deserves a smile herself.
What should we definitely know about you in 100 words or less? I’ve been on a three year journey and would love to share it. Im fighting heart failure, dilated cardiomyopathy, median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS), superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS), postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS), and chronic headaches/pain. I also just had open heart surgery for a ventricular assist device (VAD).
IQ2: What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? Before my most recent health downfall I was offered to sign with a top National modeling agency. Modeling is my dream but unfortunately, I had to turn it down. Recently, a very big producer reached out and were working on something very big. These prove that no matter what working to your dreams is possible even with many downfalls.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? Bullying, loyalty, and awareness. When I first got sick the kids at my school didn’t like that I was different and not (normal) anymore. They started turning on me one by one. Bullying me because I wasn’t popular enough anymore. Even friends that I thought were true friends. But, being sick doesn’t make me different I’m still the same girl just stronger because I go through things they don’t. Loyalty is apart of this I needed to find people who were true friends and loyal. And awareness because there’s so many illnesses that kids like me and younger go through and there isn’t the right awareness for them. They struggle sharing there story but that’s my goals. To share my story and let them know there not alone.
Look for Teyla in issue 53 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!