Shadow’s Edge is honored to work with guest authors like Ashley Spicer, who was born with spina bifida and writes about her experience at YooCanFind.com. You know when you have a disability and people think they should (or want to) do everything for you? Here is Ashley’s take on that!
Hi, my name is Ashley Spicer and I was born with Spina Bifida. My whole life has basically consisted around surgeries or just staying at a hospital for large periods of time. Since I was born, there were many many many times where the doctors didn’t think I would make it from a surgery but look at where I am now!
Growing up, I was raised to do as much as I can on my own and that’s exactly what I did. My parents would put all my favorite juices at the very bottom of the fridge and I would crawl in there whenever I wanted one. Some people thought the idea was crazy and that they should just get it for me instead of having me do it on my own but I didn’t see it that way. I loved being able to do some things on my own, even if they were small tasks.
Whenever my mom would tell me stories about myself no matter if I was little or just a couple months ago, my catch phrase would always be the same to everyone: “I can do it!” I guess I have always had that positive attitude and outlook on life. When I was younger I use to always think the sky’s the limit and that I could do or be anything I wanted to. I remember changing my mind so many times on career choices and what I wanted to do, only to find out a couple months before graduating I wanted to try something different. Little did I know it was going to change my life forever.