I am Ms. Wheelchair Colorado 2010


I would like to tell you my story. At six months old I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The doctor informed my parents about a special “home” that could take care of me. I probably would never recognize anybody, talk or even hold my head… they were to concentrate on my two teenage brothers. But my family did not follow his advice. They worked with me, fussed over my simple achievements and encouraged me never to give up. My brothers showed me off with pride…
Yes, there are many things that I will never be able to do. My speech is not always clear, my arms tend to have a mind of their own and yes, Life can be hard but if you give it your best you will be surprised with what you may achieve. Everybody is different! Even people without disabilities can’t do everything. So, I look for what I am good at and make the best of it.
I guess it is easier to just use the disability as an excuse and not to try to achieve. But that is not how to LIVE LIFE, that is to just exist. I don’t expect to be treated differently. Actually I DON’T WANT to be treated differently. I had to fight for the right to be allowed to attend regular classes. Why? I do not think with my legs! But when I went on stage to get my “real” high school diploma all those months of struggle became history.
People with disabilities deserve to be allowed to achieve their best like anybody else, whatever that might be. But… like everybody else they must earn rights and respect! Do not give up. Look for the rainbow after every storm! Make the best of your LIFE!Scan0003

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