disability

Yvonne and Tabitha "Chapter Two: One Day At A Time"

Yvonne and Tabitha "Chapter Two: One Day At A Time"

“We are now 32 months since Tabitha was hit by a drunk driver. To say life has changed is an understatement.”

Two years ago, Tabitha’s mom, Yvonne shared part of Tabitha’s powerful story. Both have remained an important part of this movement and we are now honored to share second chapter of Tabitha’s story with you….

“Life is totally different from when 7 Billion Ones first came across our story. Tabitha continues to get better, we continue to adapt to our forever changing environment and LIFE is GOOD! Our motto, ONE DAY AT A TIME. Don't stress over the things you have no control over.” - Yvonne

READ TABITHA’S STORY HERE

Carrie "My Little Overcomer"

Carrie "My Little Overcomer"

“Something is wrong with Carrie. Her head is too small and she does not have a soft spot.” I was stunned as I did not have an idea as to what this meant at all. My wife Nancy said, through tears, that the doctor felt that Carrie’s brain was too small and that there was probably brain damage. The doctor had come to a quick conclusion that Carrie may never develop intellectually at all. The doctor envisioned, because her head was so small, that Carrie’s brain was severely damaged. Despite our strong faith in God, we were crushed.

Her Doctor recommended we look into institutions for Carrie as he imagined she would need continual care since she would never be able to do anything for herself. Nancy had nothing to do with any of that and she looked at the doctor defiantly and said, “God has given Carrie to us and He will take care of her.”

That was over 40 years ago, and even still today, one day at a time - Carrie was, and is overcoming.

READ CARRIE’S STORY HERE

Austen "Always By My Side"

Austen "Always By My Side"

“My older brother Connor is an artist, volunteer, and activist who just happens to be deaf and autistic. Having a sibling on the spectrum comes with its own challenges. Siblings of those with disabilities have different stories than those of their parents, siblings, or other family members, and yet we don’t get to tell those stories very often. No, we aren’t the ones raising them, but we are the ones who go to school with them and hear classmates whisper about their “weird” actions and snicker…”

READ AUSTEN'S STORY HERE

Ryan "Life is tough, Ryan is tougher"

Ryan "Life is tough, Ryan is tougher"

“We quickly realized that while Ryan had all of these cognitive delays and medical needs, his ability to love and be a big brother was fully intact.” - Kelly, Ryan's mom

Read their family story about the joys and blessings, obstacles and struggles that have been a part of the their journey, that make up the beautiful reality of how this family loves each other well.

READ RYAN’S STORY HERE

Ligia and Roy "Always Hope"

Ligia and Roy "Always Hope"

When my son Roycito George Ferguson was born in 1959, my first thought was for him to someday be President of the United States. Little did my husband and I realize the challenges, sadness, fears, tears, disappointments and, above all, isolation that we were to face later on.

READ LIGIA & ROY’S STORY HERE

Lindsey "You Are Stronger Than You Think"

Lindsey "You Are Stronger Than You Think"

“I lived what most would describe as a normal life. Until I didn't. On August 10, 2013 my life changed forever. While on vacation, I was in a tragic accident where I was run over by a boat and “danced with the propeller.” These injuries left me with an amputated left leg, severely injured right leg, and lacerated right arm. In a matter of seconds, a freak accident changed my life forever.”

READ LINDSEY’S STORY HERE

Hannah and Gage "Love Him Unconditionally"

Hannah and Gage "Love Him Unconditionally"

“Our journey with Gage has challenged and strengthened my faith and brought so much joy into my life. At first, I was blindly optimistic, thinking Gage would outgrow all of his challenges and end up being a regular kid given enough time. There were also times that I was filled with worry and fear when I read the worst-case scenario stories about other kids with the same diagnosis.”

READ HANNAH & GAGE’S STORY HERE

DeDe "Redefining Perfect"

DeDe "Redefining Perfect"

“Tyler was born on a Sat at 12:05. Kevin ran out of the delivery room to tell everyone that we had a healthy baby boy. While Kevin was out of the room, the nurse laid Tyler in my arms announcing that they suspected that Tyler had Down Syndrome. How could this be? His sister had Down Syndrome...this wasn’t supposed to happen to us. It can’t happen two times in a row; besides I was going to be their teacher, not their mother. God had other plans for us.”

READ DEDE’S STORY HERE

Melissa and Tanner "Precious Bundle of Joy"

Melissa and Tanner "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 MELISSA & TANNER’S STORY HERE

April "I'm Not a Nobody"

April "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 APRIL’S STORY HERE

Jamie "Redefine Success"

Jamie "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 twelve 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 JAMIE’S STORY HERE

Tabitha and Yvonne "His Miracles...Our Miracle"

Tabitha and Yvonne "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 TABITHA & YVONNE’S STORY HERE

Katey "Anyone Can Do Anything"

Katey "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 STORY HERE

Trina "My Twisted Gift"

Trina "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 STORY HERE

Rachel and Hudson "More Alike Than Different"

Rachel and Hudson "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 RACHEL & HUDSON’S STORY HERE

Britney "Everything is Beautiful"

Britney "Everything is Beautiful"

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

READ BRITNEY’S STORY HERE

Blake and Madi "Superhero"

Blake and Madi "Superhero"

Blake is thirty-two years old and celebrated his last birthday with a batman theme! Mentally, he's age eight. 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 BLAKE & MADI’S STORY HERE

Amber "Be Kind"

Amber "Be Kind"

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

READ AMBER’S STORY HERE

Grace's Story

Grace's Story

"I was a fourteen year old freshman when I became a quadriplegic."

READ GRACE’S STORY HERE

Trish "Changed, Used and Content"

Trish "Changed, Used and Content"

"So where did it begin, I always get asked. Chasing after the five 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 STORY HERE