NELLA, I just joined this team. I have a VSD. I was in a wheelchair until I was eleven. I did not feed myself at all until I was about that age. I couldn't even make the wheelchair move. I went to a special school, where I slept most of the time. I won't even go into learning to walk, eating, turning a page on a book, passing out all the time. The first day of 5th grade, my new teacher, Mr Penner, told the nurse "Get her out of here, I don,t want her in my class". I knew why, it was all the paperwork if I died. There were always big discussions at home if a student died at school.
When I stopped growing, my body then had the energy it needed to allow me to be mobile. I pleaded with my Mom when I was 14 to get me a bike. I got it on condition that I could only ride it inside, down the hall. Of course it had training wheels. In stages I was able to ride in front of the house, and then get the training wheels off. I was almost 15 by then. In my 40's I was still riding 300 miles a week. I also took up hiking, my first trip into the high sierras I thought of Mr Penner, if he could see me now.
I also belong to the spinal and stroke teams. I think some of the spinal problems may be from my original health problems. As for the strokes, i think most people get them to some degree. My birth mother stroked at 20, was hospitalized and then died at 27. My father stroked but he was in his 70's.
Living life and loving it,
Edited by: MBRANSON at: 11/21/2012 (10:25)
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