I get asked every single day, why do you sound sick? What did you do to your leg? Why do you have a huge scar on your neck? It took some time, but I have came to love to tell my story. These are just a few of my battle wounds from the war that I won! I am not a victim of a rare disease, I am VICTORIOUS! In February 2012 I went in for a very simple surgery. Unfortunately things didn't go as planned and I had to be induced into a coma. I was eventually placed on the ventilator and given a tracheotomy. After 2 months of being in the coma, I was woke up and weaned off the ventilator. Within just a couple of weeks my breathing became shallow and I was diagnosed with Tracheal Stenosis as a result of having to be on the ventilator for so long. After having several laser treatments, dilations, bronchoscopies, and stent placements in my trachea I found a doctor at Emory. He performed a tracheal resection the week of Thanksgiving and I have been able to breathe at ease ever since. This is a horrible rare disease that gets misdiagnosed all the time. I was told I had asthma and congestive heart failure. My friends and family had to sit and watch me be in torture for far too long. I'm so thankful for God, my wife, my family, and the friends that stuck by my side. Please help us save another life from this disease. If you or a friend is having trouble breathing, have a doctor listen to their trachea(not just their chest). Thank you for taking time to read my story. Feel free to share your story as well as mine with your friends and family!