As some of you may know, I was born with cerebral palsy. It only affects my legs, so I'm blessed in that regard. One of the most amazing benefits I had was my parents' philosophy. They constantly reassured me that I could do anything. Admittedly, certain things would take longer, but they never focused on my limitations. This gave me a healthy outlook and the confidence to strive to reach my goals, no matter how lofty. In our family, giving up was never an option. We were taught perseverance is the key to success.
This morning I read an article by the parent of a child with cerebral palsy. The author mentioned how "Frustrating" it was for her raising a child with physical limitations. I can certainly relate to that opinion. But if I were in a similar position, I'd choose to encourage my child to set goals and work toward them. I'd advise he/she to search for their passion and pursue it. In my experience, it's amazing what you can accomplish if you try. As I mentioned in a recent TV interview, "You are the captain of your ship. No one knows what you can do. You can change a lot of things."
It's safe to say I never expected to become an award-winning children's book author. It's a huge honor for me and further proof that anything is possible.
The closing sentence of my award-winning story, Tails of Sweetbrier, is:
"You have the power to make your dreams come true so reach for them and don't accept anything less!" I hope you will remember this advice and it will guide you to victories.
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