I was recently interviewed by , and I want to tell you about it. The team is a group of people with the motto Fostering a disability community one story at a time.
Here is a transcription of their first post about me. You can jump right to it on Instagram by following .
Please let me know what you think! And be sure to check out the stories about my friend Dr. Sean Dineen.
“After the DPT shot, I went into a coma as an infant. It left me having left-side hemiplegia cerebral palsy, which is being paralyzed on one side. My right hand functioned normally, but there was very little that I could do with my left. My right leg was also normal, but it took several years of dance training before I was able to walk on my left leg without a brace. On top of that, several years later, my mother found that I had dyslexia. That explained why I could learn when given information orally, but we found that I got all mixed up when I had to do the written word.
I’ve faced a lot of challenges as a person with a disability. Despite having cerebral palsy and a learning disability of dyslexia, I have repeatedly done things that ‘normal people’ thought were impossible for anyone with a disability to do. I express my determination in many ways to make that possible for myself and to make the best life for myself. I became fearless and courageous, turning each and every experience into a positive affirmation and solution. Nothing was going to stop me from doing and adapting and being like ‘normal people’ in this world.
I found a seed deep inside of me, that said I wasn’t going to be defined by anybody, and that I was going to live my life just like everybody else in the world. I wasn’t going to sit in front of the TV and watch Popeye the Sailor Man. I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me that I was dumb, or stupid, or that I couldn’t learn, because that’s what they were doing. I had to prove to myself that I could take on the challenge and overcome every single obstacle in my path. And that’s exactly what I did. I tuned everything out around me, and every person who told me that I couldn’t. I came up with my own mantra: ‘You tell me I can’t, and I’ll show you I can.’
I have always felt grateful for my disability. I could have been far worse off. Thus, I remember every day that this is just a mere inconvenience. I always believe that my disability is a reminder to be an instrument for good in the world and a shining light. It has become my source of good to help share my voice and experience with others.”