Neurodivergent StoriesROJENE RUSSELL Hollywood, United States
Thanks to the Almighty, I have overcome.
Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant, and with a negative prognosis that I would not walk or talk, today I give thanks to the Almighty that I have overcome.
I was not raised as disabled, instead I was led to believe that I can do anything as long as I give it my best effort. My early school years patterned that belief also, and I was included in most activities as my peers and was not treated differently.
However that changed as I got older, as I was made to feel different from my peers when I was excluded from the groups. That’s when I decided that I am not going to let anyone or my disability define who I am. So I align myself with people that share the same interests.
Today, I am a graphic designer and I am currently volunteering for Jobs for Humanity. I also work as an intern with a great company that advocates for people with disabilities, like myself.
Life is much brighter when you align yourself with positivity.