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Amy "Different Varieties of Human"

Amy "Different Varieties of Human"

“How do you explain to your children that there was a common belief in the not-so-distant past that a person could be treated as property, not given basic human rights, separated from the rest of society and brutalized due to nothing other than skin pigmentation? How do you tell them that in their own country, a country whose core beliefs espouse freedom and equality, there are still people who hold hatred towards people of color?

When we see others operating out of ignorant preconceptions, we need to encourage understanding and connection. These are things we can all teach and model – because at our core we’re all just different varieties of human.” - Amy

AMY’S STORY HERE

Laura "Anorexia Misdiagnosed"

Laura "Anorexia Misdiagnosed"

“Thirteen years ago, I nearly died from a common medical condition after constant misdiagnosis. Now, despite my life not going exactly as I had envisioned it, I wouldn’t change what happened to me because I have been given the opportunity to see life and death literally and help save many others who are suffering.”

LAURA'S STORY HERE

Monica "Focus on the Beauty"

Monica "Focus on the Beauty"

"“Do you have any friends left?” were the first words I heard in the recovery room when I woke up after delivering my first son by emergency C-section, at age 17. The nurse was referring to me having a mixed-race child. I verbally defended my child as much as I could given the state I was in, but this would soon be only one situation out of many where the color of my now-3 sons would determine how people spoke to and treated us.”

MONICA'S STORY HERE

Bailey's Story "Out of the Ashes"

Bailey's Story "Out of the Ashes"

It wasn't until seventh grade that I started to realize just how different I really was. People started to bully me because they felt like I was too feminine and emotional. Finally, I was known as "the closeted gay kid" by my peers. There were a few boys who would wait outside the lunch room every day and corral me into the handicapped stall of the boys' bathroom, and taking turns, two of them would hold me while the other slung insults at me—along with occasional punches to the stomach reminding me "You're nothing," "you're worthless," "your parents would be so ashamed if they knew who you really were"—those were the things they would say to me, and those were the things that I would carry around with me like my backpack.

Read Bailey's full story HERE.

KEVIN AND PETRA'S STORY "JUDGMENT"

KEVIN AND PETRA'S STORY "JUDGMENT"

"There's a lot of people who judge, and I don't want to be judged.  God is the only one who can judge me."

WATCH KEVIN AND PETRA'S SHORT FILM HERE.

Eli's Story "The Challenging Gift"

Eli's Story "The Challenging Gift"

Eli doesn't have some miraculous story of survival. But as his mother, I feel that his story is worth sharing as a means of awareness; I don't think that society as a whole understands the gifted community. So many see being gifted as something not even worth mentioning -- because he's seen as showing off -- or struggles he may have aren't taken seriously because he's "smart enough to get over it." His struggles are similar to those within the autism spectrum, but because he is NOT autistic, people (past teachers included) brush it off as misbehavior or ADHD, when, in fact, they're dealing with an under-stimulated, gifted child.

Read "The Challenging Gift HERE.