disability

Melissa and Tanner's Story "Precious Bundle of Joy"

Melissa and Tanner's Story "Precious Bundle of Joy"

It seemed most of my time was scheduling appointments for Tanner and the issues he was demonstrating. He had genetic testing, a swallow study, more and more orthopedic visits about his pronating feet and a play study that determined that he was on the autism spectrum.  It was exhausting!!!  

Read the full story HERE.

April's Story "I'm Not a Nobody"

April's Story "I'm Not a Nobody"

My name is April.  I used to think I wasn’t ever going to be who I wanted to be, I thought I’d be a nobody.  I didn’t fit in because I have an anxiety disorder and a learning disability.  My school years were hard.  In middle school, I was either ignored by the kids or called the "R" word.  I wanted friends, but nobody wanted to be my friend.  I had so much anxiety that sometimes at home I would hit and spit at my mom.  I didn’t know how to handle myself.

Read the full story HERE.

Jamie's Story "Redefine Success"

Jamie's Story "Redefine Success"

We started down the parenthood road February 20 1993, the day Connor was born. Connor was a typical developing baby until a series of events took place. When he was 12-months-old we began to notice regression and had major concerns. He lost all his language and his motor skills slowly began to go away.

After trips to four major hospitals and universities, in1996, Kansas University had a developmental team that finally put a name to it, autism. With our only reference for this word being the movie “Rainman”, we set out on a journey to find help for Connor.

Read the story HERE.

Tabitha and Yvonne's Story "His Miracles...Our Miracle"

Tabitha and Yvonne's Story "His Miracles...Our Miracle"

They sent us home saying “When walking is a reality, we could come back." We haven’t been back yet. Tabitha cannot sit unattended, stand unattended, let alone walk. She cannot talk and has problems eating. She still has a feeding tube that she gets at least two tubing feedings through every day because she has problems chewing, eating and swallowing.

Read the complete story HERE.

Katey's Story "Anyone Can Do Anything"

Katey's Story "Anyone Can Do Anything"

 My injuries included a broken left ankle, shattered right forearm, five broken ribs, the padding on my left foot was stitched back down, and I lost my right leg below the knee.

Read Katey's full story of struggle and triumph HERE.;

Trina's Story "My Twisted Gift"

Trina's Story "My Twisted Gift"

My mom and dad knew for some time that something wasn’t quite right with their first born daughter. I woke up at night unable to bend my knees and had a nodule on my left forefinger that made me look more like E.T. than a happy little girl. They might have been new parents but they knew this wasn’t right. They took me to doctors in town, out of town, and finally a doctor in Columbia, Missouri, confirmed their initial speculation. At six-years-old, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).

Read Trina's complete story HERE.

Rachel's (and Hudson's) Story "More Alike Than Different"

Rachel's (and Hudson's) Story "More Alike Than Different"

"There is only one thing that comes from the way our society perceives people with disabilities, and that is fear. Fear comes from ignorance and unawareness and it is manifested in our society’s perceptions and views of people with disabilities. Nothing is wrong with people who have a disability. These amazing individuals are not broken, our society is the one that is broken."

Read "More Alike Than Different" HERE.

Britney's Story "Everything is Beautiful"

Britney's Story "Everything is Beautiful"

"I’m-14-years old. I still have a hearing loss, now about 60-70% and we still have no idea why."

Read Britney's full story HERE.

Blake and Madi's Story "Superhero"

Blake and Madi's Story "Superhero"

Blake is 32-years-old and celebrated his last birthday with a batman theme!  Mentally, he's age 8. He was born with a hole in his heart and epilepsy, along with other problems, on top of having an undiagnosed developmental delay. With all of this, he is awesome! 

Read "Superhero" HERE.

Amber's Story "Be Kind"

Amber's Story "Be Kind"

"I was only in the hospital for 25 days; a short time period for the extent of my injuries. I had shattered 2 vertebrae and was paralyzed from the waist down."


Read Amber's complete story HERE.
 

Grace's Story

Grace's Story

"I was a 14-year-old freshman when I became a quadriplegic."

Read Grace's complete story HERE.

Trish's Story "Changed, Used and Content"

Trish's Story "Changed, Used and Content"

"So where did it begin, I always get asked. Chasing after the 5-year-old as he tried riding his bike without training wheels for the first time. Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. Literally. I would be one of 200-300 people that week diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, otherwise known as MS."


Read Trish's full story HERE.