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ABOUT ME

 

For the detailed story of my life...click here. Warning, it is like reading a book and I am still working on it, so some pages will be missing! The pages will have number links so you will be able to pick up wherever you stopped reading.

For those wanting the extremely short version...just scroll down this page. You will be missing a lot, but you'll get the general idea.

I need a... and here's how you can help...

Or you may send donations to:

National Bank Of Commerce

115 West Main Street

Bedford, VA 24523

Please note that it is for the Lynn Orange Handicapped Van Fund when sending donation!

In short form, I'm soon to be 42, and was born with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. I wasn't diagnosed with CP until I was about two years old. I have been through a period in my life (age 11) of physical abuse by a former stepmother with beatings over several months until one day she broke my leg.

Throughout my teen years I stayed busy trying to fit in with everyone else (since I was the only disabled wheelchair user in my high school) and be a normal teenager...sometimes this worked...sometimes it didn't!

My goals in life became wanting to do things people said I couldn't/wouldn't ever do...here's a partial list:

The first incident was my freshman year in high school. I was taking a Typing class and on the very first day, the teacher walked up to me in class and said, "I think you should take a different class. I require all students to type at least 25 words per minute by the end of the class year." I refused to quit and by the end of the school year I was typing 36 wpm with only one hand!

The second time I can't even believe I'm willing to admit...I developed a huge crush on the lead singer of a famous rock band called Cheap Trick, his name is Robin Zander. I only told people I thought were my good friends that I wanted to meet him. I was told to "forget it" and "He's famous, why would he give you the time of day." Well, they were wrong and I have the pictures to prove it! He was/is a great person and I will always consider him a great friend.

Next, I wanted a career that involved computers, but was told my educational background wasn't strong enough to support anything pertaining to computers. So, I taught myself on an old Tandy computer, which gave me a good basic knowledge. After proving to Vocational Rehabilitation that I had the skills necessary they helped to cover the costs of classes and then a computer. Yes, you read that right...I took the classes, then got the computer! Everyone has their God given talents and mine happens to be computers. I'm still working on the career...

My next "can't do" I was almost beginning to believe everyone was on target about...I wanted to find that special man I could spend the rest of my life with, one that wouldn't run for the door the minute something went wrong. I found him, his name is Donnie and we will celebrate 21 years together on August 4, 2004 (which is also his birthday). We have what I jokingly call a "co-dependent" relationship...I can't live without him and he says he can't live without me! All I know is he has stayed by my side through ALL the tough times...from losing my grandparents, to my having two spine surgeries within one year. The latter of the two surgeries left me with a nasty case of pneumonia that almost caused my death, he was scared...but he never flinched!

I'm sure you can almost guess the goal after marriage...we wanted at least one child. I could never get straight answers from my doctors about whether I could have a child, until I basically cornered one and asked very firmly, "CAN I OR CAN I NOT HAVE CHILDREN?" The answer..."Well, there's really no reason why you can't...other than sitting in the wheelchair, and that shouldn't really be a problem." God blessed us with one child, born in November, 1984 and we named him Ray. I know I'm showing partiality, but I still think he's the best son a parent could have!

I've had many other accomplishments in my life...some that were unexpected! One that I am the most proud of is being a member of the Order Of The Eastern Star. I am the Associate Conductress of Liberty Chapter #109 in Bedford, Virginia. It is a wonderful organization full of very caring people!

So, after listing almost all of my goals and accomplishments in life (and there are tons more), I'm asking for your help in making my next dream a reality. Please keep in mind that transportation for most people isn't a "dream", it's a part of daily life....the kind of life which I've always strived to maintain.

Please help by clicking this button...

Or you may send donations to:

National Bank Of Commerce

115 West Main Street

Bedford, VA 24523

Please note that it is for the Lynn Orange Handicapped Van Fund when sending donation!