WWU Presidential Scholar overcomes disability with help from Seattle Children's Hospital
July 15, 2014
Source - Bellingham Herald
Growing up, I knew at a young age that I was different from everyone else, but I was not going to allow my disability to dictate my life. I was born with a physical disability called arthrogryposis, which causes stiff joints and missing muscles. When I was born I was only able to move my head due to my condition. Doctors told my parents I would probably never walk. At only two days old, my parents took me to Seattle Children's where I received hand splints and leg casts. At three months old, I had hip surgery and had to wear a full body cast for four months. The first sign of hope for a more independent life came after months of physical therapy and literal hand holding. I moved my finger at 10 months.