When I was born the doctor and nurses were all shocked and even had to look up what disability I had in a medical dictionary. My mother did not see me for a while after I was born. The doctor thought it would frighten her. Only after she persisted is when he let her see me. My mother said she just loved me from the start and didn’t see the many disabilities I have.
I had many challenges. I had to learn how to eat. I didn’t walk until I was four. I had several eye surgeries and speech impairments. My speech is sometimes hard to understand and I have trouble drooling sometimes. I also have to be careful in walking because my balance isn’t very good.
I think social and emotional issues are probably the hardest for me. Sometimes I’m not sure how to interact with others and I feel awkward. Because I can’t smile, I have to express happiness in a more expressive way. I know that I have to be careful because many people don’t understand. I also love to hug!
Since my parents have died, I have struggled with loneliness. I was the only child. It’s hard when I see families because I miss my parents, especially my mother, because we were very close. I also wonder if I will ever have a family of my own. Will a man ever love a woman like me?
I wrote a children’s picture book about me many years ago called I’m Smiling on the Inside. I wrote it to help children to understand what it is like having a disability and how to interact with a person with a disability. It shows children that on the inside I have feelings and like things just like them. It has helped many adults to understand about people with disabilities.
I am a student now at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus working towards a Bachelor in Arts degree in English. My career goals are to my have my own business in helping disabled children to embrace themselves and to find their creative voices. I also want to become a prolific author and writer in writing creative stories and also about social issues.
I love to write creatively. Here is my personal blog: http://creativetheresa.yolasite.com