Dear Mom and Dad,
I'm writing this letter to thank you for deciding every day of my childhood to let me live. Forty years ago, doctors handed you a baby girl who was blue due to a lack of oxygen during birth. They didn't know if I'd live or die and wished you luck. It turned out that I have severe cerebral palsy that needed lots of patience, time and care.
You could have done many things in many ways to make your lives easier. But you choose to let me live. Not only let me live but live life to the fullest. I became one of many firsts in our area. The first girl with a severe physical and speech disability to attend advanced high school, earn a degree in education, marry and have two amazing children. I also won Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania! I recently battled breast cancer and came out stronger than ever.
Others look at me and think the worst. I'm in pain, have no life, do nothing and can think of nothing. You saw differently and thank you!! Life has its ups and downs, twists and turns but I'm so very happy I'm here! My children now exist. I play goalie for a hockey team with others who are also living life to the fullest. I now promote breast cancer awareness so I can help others live until whatever day destiny calls us home.
Every second of our lives matters. You knew I mattered too despite my spasms, twisted body and crooked smile. Thank you!!!
Writer / Speaker