Hello Family,

I am out of the hospital and back in action!  I left Good Samaritan Hospital Tuesday afternoon to wrap up my 4 day/3 night stay.  My left lung is looking strong after multiple x-rays, and I am finally tubeless!  I will simply be taking it easy physically for the next couple of weeks until my lung is fully recovered.  As it was a spontaneous collapse, I am more prone to this happening again relative to the average person.  There isn't any way I can take preventative measures, so I will just hope that this is a one time occurrence.  My mom came in on Tuesday to help support me in my transition back to school--i.e. driving me around, cooking dinner, and just spending time with me!  

Update aside, I want to SINCERELY thank each and every one of you who showed your real love and support through all of this.  It is beyond words for me to express how grateful I am to have such a caring family by my side.  It meant a lot to hear from everyone as I laid sore and bored in my hospital bed.  

Lastly, I wanted to share some reflections that I had while in the hospital.  Please take a look at my writings if and when you have the chance!  

Thank you again my awesome family!

With Pure Aloha,

***Written on Sunday, Aug. 31st***

In the quiet, peace, and comfort of my hospital room, I have decided to record some of my current thoughts and passing inner reflections on this recent and unexpected unfolding of life. These ideas are new to neither me nor others; these hackneyed thoughts are such common responses to events like mine. Nonetheless, the present moment calls for recording in order to truly recognize its significance and extract the important lesson of its story for the future. 

First, this experience deliberately brings higher awareness to the fragility of one's health and the undeniable importance of maintaining it. About fifty hours ago, I was as healthy as a 20-year-old could be. Then, within an instant—a pop in my left lung—I am in need of hospitalization. A tube stuck into my side, considerably immobilized, and dependent on pain medicine, this quick turn of events illustrates the reality of the unexpected in life. The lessons are clear: good health is essential, and it should not be taken for granted. I can respond to these truths by trying my best to live every day to its fullest, trying my best to live every heartbeat of my life in ways that lead to inner peace, complete happiness, and no regrets. 

Second, this experience has challenged me to be the optimistic and positive person that I strive to be in any and all circumstances. Through every step of this medical lapse, I have tried my best to carry a smile on my face, stay as patient and loving as possible, and flow smoothly and acceptingly along the temporarily unchangeable course. Appreciating the rose rather than loathing the thorns, I have been able to fare very well and am on my way to a speedy an easy recovery. The external is something out of my control, but I have the full power of a positive internal attitude that can transform any situation into a gift to be thankful for. 

Lastly and most importantly, this experience reaffirms in me what really and truly counts in life: Pure Aloha. It is the Pure Aloha, or unconditional love, that others have for me and that I have for others that give my life purpose and value. The Pure Aloha of family, friends, and all those who have cared for me during this time is evident from the countless from-the-heart phone calls, voice and text messages filled full with compassion, and personal visits accompanied with flowers and cards. The love that has simply flooded out of others and into me during this time in need shows exactly why I am so lucky. I am extremely fortunate, which naturally calls me to live life with a genuine sense of gratitude that can be expressed through living a life of Pure Aloha that can bring true meaning and joy to the hearts of others.