I am a high school teenager that loves the Lord, writing and sharing God's word through public speaking.
On this site, I will be sharing content that I hope will encourage you as I write about the things that are on my heart.
I am also a contributing author at TheRebelution.com
I was born an extreme preemie at 26 weeks. I weighed one pound thirteen ounces and was thirteen and a half inches in length.
I spent six months in the NICU and was on a ventilator for the first three months. At two and a half months old, I had laser eye surgery for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Plus disease. At three and a half months old, my retinas detached in both eyes due to ROP. I immediately had a lens-sparing Vitrectomy on my left eye. Five days later, I had a Vitrectomy on my right eye. Just days after my last surgery, I developed a life-threatening infection in which my parents were informed I would not likely survive. After two weeks of platelet and blood transfusions, I recovered and spent another eighteen days gaining strength and weight. I was discharged from the hospital weighing seven pounds eight ounces.
I am completely blind in my right eye and have very limited vision in my left eye.
I learned Braille code by the 3rd grade. I have competed in the West Florida Braille Challenge for ten years earning several first place titles in my division. In 2013, I qualified and competed at the National Braille Challenge in California.
I have participated in a variety of activities and sports including dance, swim, gymnastics, track, choir and marching band.
I live with purpose because I was made with purpose.
Marisa D’Amore is a young woman who has an incredible story and testimony that inspires, motivates, but most of all points us to know who we are in Christ.
Born 14 weeks premature, weighing just 1 lb, 13 oz, Marisa spent 145 days in the NICU. She survived multiple code blues, two deadly infections and three major eye surgeries all before six months old.
Marisa lost her vision due to Retinopathy of Prematurity, a complication of being born too early.
This tiny miracle continues to overcome adversity and is determined to persevere.
She has grown into a passionate follower of Jesus who delivers a powerful message about our identity in Christ and how we, as believers, are the lights of the world. Her zeal and pursuit of the Lord is unwavering.
Her passion is for us to find our identity only as sons and daughters of God and to know how much the Lord loves us. “He is with us when we are suffering. He is sympathetic and empathizes with all our weaknesses, but He gives us the grace and power to move on past them, to turn them into victories, to reflect His glory and further His kingdom.”
Marisa has courageously stepped beyond her disability and participated in activities such as dance, gymnastics, track, swim, choir and marching band. She maintains a 4.0 GPA, is fluent in Braille, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She was selected as a 2019 honoree of the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award by the Florida Holocaust Museum and has been appointed as Chaplain of the high school marching band and student council class of 2020.
She has shared her story and testimony at several schools and church services. The feedback received has been outstanding from teens and adults alike about the impact of her testimony.