What Writing Has Given Me as a Person With Cerebral Palsy
I’ve seen countless stories about other individuals with disabilities, and I appreciate all they have accomplished. In my book, a win for one is a win for all.
I realize how blessed I am, and my faith in Jesus Christ is very important to me. I was born weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces. The doctors were unsure if I would make it. By the grace of God and with my family’s love and support, I am here today. I was born with cerebral palsy. I was in and out of the hospital a lot growing up and spent time in physical and occupational therapy.
Being born with cerebral palsy hasn’t been easy, but my family instilled in me the importance of accomplishing my goals despite having this disability. Having that mindset propelled me to succeed at many things including graduating high school as Co-Salutatorian, graduating college with my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in journalism, and becoming an author, blogger, and ghostwriter.
I appreciate all I have accomplished and feel as if I have so much more to do. My passion is to inspire others to achieve their goals are and not let any negativity deter them from their full potential. If sharing my story can inspire someone to attain a goal of theirs, then I feel I have done something wonderful. It took me some time to understand and figure out my purpose and potential here on earth, but even though I have my days of uncertainty, I believe God makes no mistakes and I am meant to help others find the courage within themselves to accomplish what they want in their life.
I’ve been very fortunate to write and interview some amazing individuals through the course of my career as a freelance journalist, and I know the best is yet to come. For me, writing is a way to evoke emotion, start a conversation, and to be informed about something or someone you wouldn’t have known. Writing is my form of expression. As people with disabilities, we may not feel comfortable sharing our story with others. It can be difficult talking about the stares from other people we may get when we go out, being upset over the inaccessibility certain places have regarding people with disabilities, and discussing our own personal struggle for acceptance within ourselves.
But just as we have struggles, we also have many triumphs, and I am fortunate and thankful to have accomplished the things I have. I thank God every day because I believe He has allowed me the opportunity to do what I love.
Read Morgan’s work at Morgan Lee Reviews.
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