A Bit About Me
Although I believe TripleDiditLove is far more about you and your life than it is about me and mine, people have reached out to learn more about me and so I thought I’d share a little bit about myself here.
I have a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and I’ve used a wheelchair all of my life. My overall story is probably best chronicled through the lens of the academic world. Up until fourth grade I attended a separate school only for students with disabilities. My school had just one classroom for the “older kids” who could perform schoolwork. We ranged in age from 8 to 18, and there was a single teacher with an assistant. In retrospect, the staff had good hearts, but it was not a place to foster opportunity or growth.
Everything changed when I entered public school during fourth grade. In the initial days, I learned to play four-square with my wheelchair (and occasionally my face), and that was just the beginning of things to come. I asked my peers if I could represent them in student council in fifth grade, and they answered yes by electing me vice president. Three years later I served as their student body president. I became an editor of my high school newspaper, and I joined the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity and other student groups in college. I finished my studies by graduating from law school.
I thrived on both the academic and social aspects of school, but I believe successes are only as great as the people you have to share them with. For me, from the time I enrolled in a public school all the way up until this very day, my personal relationships are what enhance my life more than anything else. I am certain that the human connection is the best and most powerful aspect of all of our lives. We seem to be bombarded by the cruelty and differences that surround us, but there is no doubt that even more love exists in the world. I hope TripleDigitLove inspires you to simply tell someone "I love you."
Until then, best wishes.