A Cerebral Palsy Miracle

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I love who I am today because I am proud of the woman God created me to be, a child of the Most High God. I am so glad that cerebral palsy doesn’t define who I am.

I was diagnosed at birth with mild cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia. As an infant, I suffered from seizures. At two years old, I had eye surgery called strabismus to correct my crossed eyes. I started walking at 3 years old, but one of my legs was shorter than the other. I wore AFO braces to prevent limping and falling. I also received botox injections to help with muscle stiffness. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy helped me with walking, talking, and daily activities.

Because of a learning disability, I needed special education in school. They expected me to graduate with a special needs diploma, but with determination, I graduated with a regular diploma.

Growing up with cerebral palsy wasn’t easy. I was bullied by society. I used to hide my disability because I didn’t want anyone to know. Feeling embarrassed and ashamed about my cerebral palsy led to anger. I didn’t know how to accept it and questioned God about why I had a disability.

Society counted me out, labeling me as slow, retarded, handicapped, or a child with special needs. I had to learn how to accept myself as God created me, in His own image. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in His sight. You are looking at a miracle from God. He showed me my purpose: to be an inspiration to others.

I am a living testimony today. I am a cerebral palsy advocate, motivational speaker, co-author, and mentor. God is not done with me yet. Thank you so much to my family, friends, doctors, and the community.