Raising a special needs child was challenging. She failed to thrive after birth, but fought for her life with every ounce of her body. There was determination within her then that still shines through today. I have watched her grow over the years and I am still amazed at how far she has come. She may be just a number to some people, but in my eyes she is the epitome of strength and courage.
I wanted to take some time this week and introduce you to her as a person. Not as someone who has a disability or someone who became a victim. The world needs to see that behind every label is a human being with a story to tell. Some stories are happy, others are filled with adversity, but each one just as important as any other. If you listen closely you will hear the message that each one is trying to convey: We are all people just like you.