I'm writing to you because I want other kids to know that life is what you make of it. Each one of us is an individual person...no two the same. And *no one* is perfect. Take me for instance!
I am 39 years old and when I was about 8 months old I was diagnosed with having polio. My mom tells me that I started to walk when I was about 2 years old. Soon I wore leg braces and a back brace and I used canes to help me walk. When I started school I 'had graduated' to wearing one full length leg brace on my right leg and a half length one, to my knee, on my left.
Kids were mean to me, and I didn't have a
best friend 'til I was in the sixth grade. I lived in a small town where
there were not a lot of
I grew up with four brothers, three older
and one younger. It was
I feel that I am very fortunate to have my life and I must say that I'm proud of myself! I'm married now, I have two kids, and I live on a farm. In addition to that, I have a full time job outside my home. I just hope that other kids who have disabilities don't give up. YOU can have great life too! Be proud of youself and you will find your place in this world.
All the best, Judy McKnight
Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Last updated: November 14, 2004