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Thinking back on my childhood I have no recollection of feeling disabled Being brought into this world at twenty-five weeks premature weighing only 95 oz seems like a miracle Doctors informed my mother the possibility of 80 of my brain was to be damagedAt the age of three I was diagnosed with a neurological birth condition known as Cerebral Palsy which causes me to have limitations when it comes to mobility as well as motor skills delaying me from accomplishing even the simplest tasks such as tying shoes buttoning buttons or doing my hair Growing older mobility became less of an obstacle crawling was a great skill of mine yet being too young to know how being limited physically would affect me in the future My family was sure that my life would be something different as well as my surroundings from that day on A few years passed I started walking at the age of five while the average child begins walking between ages 1 or 2 However I soon was given an amazing opportunity that has changed my life and as of now holds a dear place in my heart known as Kiwanis Camp Casey a week long getaway located on Whidbey Island Washington for children with physical disabilities it was this very beautiful place that I realized that I was not as different as society perceived me to be and my apprehension seem to fade within time of being surrounded with other wheelchairs walkers and canes this is the one place where there are no challenges or the need to fit in everyone is looked at in the same sense with a free spirit and a skys the limit attitude Camp has impacted my life in the most excellent way being able to do things and have been able to find the confidence to do things that I would have never
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