M.E.N.T.O.R.

During the summer of 2022, I took part in a program called MENTOR (an acronym for Mindfulness, Exercise, and Nutrition To Optimize Resilience). The program is a part of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability.   A free 8-week program for people with a physical disability, MENTOR, focuses on four areas: mindfulness, exercise,Continue reading “M.E.N.T.O.R.”

BALANCING A UNBALANCE PERSON

Balance can be my enemy. Mental balance is an ongoing issue, and I use my thought process to deter my mind from my disability. Physical balance is also my enemy because of my disability. So balance – or lack of it – then impacts me in a double manner. So how can I have andContinue reading “BALANCING A UNBALANCE PERSON”

JOSEPHINE

LIMERICK Josephine loved to explore her space. Josephine would be in the back in any place. Josephine wouldn’t bring attention to her uniqueness. Josephine’s uniqueness was seen as her Preakness Josephine’s smile was her saving grace Josephine’s smile was her saving grace Josephine loved to explore her space Josephine’s space was her saving grace JosephineContinue reading “JOSEPHINE”

UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTING MY NEEDS

As I’m getting older, I find myself slowing down because of my cerebral palsy – getting tired quickly, and I’m not too fond of this about myself. In my mid-40s, I feel like my body is in its mid-80s on some days, but that is what a person’s life is like when you have cerebralContinue reading “UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTING MY NEEDS”

HER PREAKNEES WAS HER STRAIGHT

From the first breath, she felt her uniqueness. Uniqueness was seen as her weakness. Preakness was the one thing her family taught her never to let get the best of her. Blurriness in her was all she saw from behind tears. Fear was the one thing that wouldn’t get in the way. Paying her duesContinue reading “HER PREAKNEES WAS HER STRAIGHT”

TRYING TO ACCEPTING WHO I AM

As I’m getting older, I find myself slowing down because of my cerebral palsy getting tired, and I’m not too fond of this about myself. In my mid-40s, there are days I feel like my body is in its mid-80s, but then that is what a person’s life is like when you have cerebral palsy.Continue reading “TRYING TO ACCEPTING WHO I AM”

SOMETIMES THE ONE PERSON WE NEED TO LISTEN TO IS OURSELF

Balance can be my enemy. Mental balance has been an issue because my mind has been away for me to get away from my disability. Physical balance is also my enemy because of my disability. So balance – or lack of it – then impacts me doubly. So how can I come close to havingContinue reading “SOMETIMES THE ONE PERSON WE NEED TO LISTEN TO IS OURSELF”

SHE BELIVE SHE COULD

Sometimes all we can do is find a way to trust in ourself MARIE W.O.W.C.P. She believed she could walk Walking was all she wanted  Wanting to accomplish walking her goal  The goal became her hung She thought she could walk.  Walking was her fear. Fear became challenge Challenge became her desire. She believed sheContinue reading “SHE BELIVE SHE COULD”

HER DISABILITY IS ONLY THE START OF HER ABILITY

POETRY SERIES SOMETIMES WE ALL HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE MARIE W.O.W.C.P. HER DISABILITY IS ONLY THE START OF MY ABILITY  She used to think having a disability was all I would amount to. People told her that she would go nowhere. People saw Sher as unteachable. She saw life as unfair. Her disability is onlyContinue reading “HER DISABILITY IS ONLY THE START OF HER ABILITY”

DIVERSITY

Today is all about diversity in the world. So many different cultures and communities want to be represented and have every right to be represented. Unfortunately, the disabled community still doesn’t get the recognition and respect they deserve.  Growing up with a disability, the fight I had to be in school and to be inContinue reading “DIVERSITY”