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What Jesus Means to Me (Easter 2018)

Spring has once again made its presence known, despite the fact that it has remained snowy and cold; with this season change comes the time in which we celebrate Easter. Capturing the essence of the holiday may at the surface find people immersed in Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, or baskets filled with a variety of candies.

The true reason behind this day is the celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection. He is my Lord and Savior, my best friend,  and the whole reason I am who I am. I have to spend some time on the blog just praising Him for all the work He's done in my life. He's been with me through every part of my journey, and I am so eternally grateful.

I wanted to share just a few of the many ways in which He's brought joy and light into my life.

1)My personal relationship with Him- I accepted Christ as my Savior on June 24, 2004 and my life has never been the same; it has continued so beautifully. I gained so much more than I expected: a forever friend, u…

A New Diagnosis & A New Life

Cerebral palsy is a part of my life that has made me no stranger to the frequent obstacle; I have grown accustomed to having to continuously adapt as I encounter situations that arise; to speak up for myself when it is necessary.

Even when it means dealing with situations that are terrifying to face.

My health issues began late this past August. I had started to feel a bit run down, but I attributed that to the simple fact that I had been writing and working a lot as my career had started to grow and I was becoming busier than I had ever been.

I kept pushing forward, as it's what my mom would do. You're okay, I thought. You're doing a lot more and your body is adjusting. I logically reasoned that cerebral palsy was the main cause, so I remained quiet to most and continued living my life.

During this time, I caught pharyngitis for a second time. I had experienced this a year prior and thought nothing of its return; it is an inflammation of the pharynx and while it involved…

Overcoming The Challenge of Self Acceptance as A Person with A Disability

The challenge of self acceptance is one part of maturing that I feel everyone goes through in some form or fashion; as a person with cerebral palsy, I have braved this battle and have first hand experience with overcoming the "wanting to fit in" phase of the disability journey. I want to share what has pulled me through the hardest of times and to the state of mind that is accepting of myself. Sure, I continue to be faced with this struggle from within; I want my life to be a reflection of light and love.

First of all, gaining wisdom from those around me has been crucial to my daily life of constant learning and evolving. My mother has never failed to provide me with helpful advice during the times when I least expected it; she always knows what to say. Friends from my present and my past have also served as teachers of lessons I needed to learn in order to be the person I am today. I have truly become a much better person from all of my experiences.

Age is another aspect t…

The Light After The Fire

As a writer, some topics are not easy to approach; some ideas just seem to not want to come together as painlessly as you want them to. I have experienced A LOT  during my walk with the Lord; while I have had wonderful times, I've also faced many tumultuous times in the past that I find are still amazingly hard to put into words all these years later.

A house fire is one of the most devastating moments of horror a family can go through; I experienced this first hand as a shy, soft spoken twelve year old and I never want to go through another one ever again. We lost pretty much everything we owned except the clothes we had on our backs.

I will never forget that day as long as I live. A day so tragic, yet one that showed me my first true and personal testimonial instance of God's love and protection towards Mom and I.

January 30, 2005 served as both the climax and turning point of seemingly endless dark days that plagued my life at the time; I had gotten saved the previous summ…

Life Lessons Learned as an Adult with Cerebral Palsy

I have learned to love the fact that life constantly evolves; circumstances we thought were so terrible slowly begin to reveal their purpose in our lives in the most beautiful of ways. Experiences work to propel us forward and to strengthen our resolve. I love to think of life with cerebral palsy as a unique version of that same natural evolution of character and tenacity. We as people with disabilities develop and evolve into strong individuals as a result of aging. Now, I'm only twenty five so why would I write about aging with cerebral palsy?

Well, it is this age that I have felt such a shift in how I view the world and those around me. I feel as though turning twenty six in a couple of months has begun to show through my newly discovered mindset. The purpose of me writing on this is to show younger people with disabilities is that there will be a time when you won't care what others think of you. You'll wake up and realize how dumb is was to try to "fit in" w…

Three Ways Aging with Cerebral Palsy Has Changed Me

I have learned to love the fact that life constantly evolves; circumstances we thought were so terrible slowly begin to reveal their purpose in our lives in the most beautiful of ways. Experiences work to propel us forward and to strengthen our resolve. I love to think of life with cerebral palsy as a unique version of that same natural evolution of character and tenacity. We as people with disabilities develop and evolve into strong individuals as a result of aging. Now, I'm only twenty five so why would I write about aging with cerebral palsy?

Well, it is this age that I have felt such a shift in how I view the world and those around me. I feel as though turning twenty six in a couple of months has begun to show through my newly discovered mindset. The purpose of me writing on this is to show younger people with disabilities is that there will be a time when you won't care what others think of you. You'll wake up and realize how dumb is was to try to "fit in" …

6 Life Tips for A College Student With a Disability

College life.

A period of time that just about every teenager looks forward to. Life is overflowing with excitement, as your day to day life becomes something resembling a hot new teen drama television show filled with new friends, new classes, a routine littered with unfamiliarity. The descriptive word "child" that was used to describe yourself just three months prior suddenly becomes embarrassing as a new era of your life begins.

You think you have life figured out. As a college graduate with a disability, I too look back and think "How crazy was I?" I dealt with some of the same types of newness that students without disabilities faced, just shone in a different light. Life taught me the greatest lesson: I am just like everyone else, and even though I was a legal adult, I did not know everything there was to know about life.

And at almost twenty six years old, I still don't.

I have learned a lot about what it means to be a responsible, sensible adult. I'…