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I was born broken. From the day I came into the world, people insisted that I 'couldn't do things', because my body was different - that my legs and feet weren't "normal". That, because I walked funny, and used crutches, I would never amount to much of anything. My parents were actually told to institutionalize me, as there was literally no hope that I would be anything more than a 'vegetable'. Because of the mindset of so many people, I literally grew up wondering if each day was going to be my last. What was so wrong with me? I was born with Tethered Cord Syndrome (a cousin to Spina Bifeda).

Because so little was known about the condition at the time, I grew up being tossed from one specialist to another. I remember feeling a lot like a beach ball - bouncing all over the place, but never being allowed to LAND. Everyone was always trying to 'fix' me. Reconstructive surgery on my legs, shunt revisions for Hydrocephalus on my head, straighten my back, straighten my legs...It never quite seemed like 'enough was enough'! I remember feeling like there was a LOT more 'wrong' with me than the fact that my legs weren't as strong as other people's legs.

Until one day, I looked in the mirror - a good, long look. Something inside me kind of snapped. I made the conscious choice NOT to be broken anymore! I made the decision that I was going to make some changes in my life because I was worth it, because I had the ability to do it! That day, I decided to work for ME. Not to fix anything that was possibly broken. Not to please anyone else, or because I wasn't 'beautiful' to someone else. Yes, my looks were important, but they weren't the determining factor anymore. I wanted to show the world the independence and strength that I KNEW was always buried deep inside me.

I made a decision that day. I decided that Tethered Cord Syndrome wasn't going to own me anymore. That I was going to fight for the 'me' I knew had existed all along!

After a long, and much more painful journey than any surgery, I found something very powerful. I unburied a treasure that had been hidden - untouched and undiscovered for years! I found...ME! There were no more excuses. No more reasons to be found why I 'couldn't' do something. If I physically didn't have the capaibilities to do something, I would find a way to do it, anyway!

My friend, I want that for YOU! I want to show you that you are worth fighting for, too! I want to show you that, no matter what your capabilities are, that your new motto for your life will be I can do it!! I believe in you, and I know you can do it! Are you ready?

Then, click the 'I can do it' link above, and let's get started! I look forward to getting to know YOU!

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