I have never felt more whole.
The moment I first watched my experiences as a person with cerebral palsy reflected back at me through the media was a powerful validation.
I feel proud of my identity as a woman with a disability. By disclosing my medical condition, I have finally found the courage to embrace myself.
In appearance, I was sitting alone, but as a person with a disability, I am never sitting alone.
If you see my disability as an obstacle and not part of what makes me the active, beautiful woman I am, there is a problem. That’s a huge deal breaker for me.
It’s fostering self-love and self-acceptance, understanding that your body and your mind are perfect as they are and that defying conventional beauty standards will help change the world for the better.
I’ll never forget that Trump mocked a reporter with a disability and called deaf actor Marlee Matlin “retarded” on Celebrity Apprentice.
That above all else, living with cerebral palsy has forged my character, strengthened my resolve and provided me with a powerful sense of belonging, self-love, and purpose.
I was in the NICU for the first three months of my life.
Cerebral palsy and its various severities affects each person differently, so keep in mind that not everyone will have my same experience