Living with Spina Bifida #1: “I Can Do It!”

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.