My name is Gentry Bass. I was diagnosed in September of 2015 with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) along with my mother and brother (description here). However, that is only a very small part of who I am. I am also a Children’s Ministry Director as well as a full time college student looking toward Graduate School next year. I am majoring in Speech Language Pathology and I would really like to become an interpreter for Spanish and ASL as well. As you can see, my diagnosis has not stopped me from dreaming about what life could hold for me. Sure, there are limitations, but my God is bigger than anything that I will face in my life, so I can live with limitations. Despite all of the negativity associated with VEDS, I remain hopeful, knowing that God is in control and He is working it all out for my good. I literally have no reason to fear or worry because He is holding me in the palm of His hand! With that kind of knowledge, how can you worry about what tomorrow will hold? Why not trade the worrying for a grateful attitude? That’s what I’ve decided to do. No matter what may come or how crazy life gets, I choose to trust the Maker of the Heavens and the Earth. Besides, if He made all of that, I think He can get me through this insanity pretty well.
“Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10