Not "Even With" But "Thanks To" My Disability By Janira Obregon

db029e2f9d3d84b801f393f31f1d9568-huge-jaSoon after I was born, my mom knew that there was something wrong because, unlike most babies, I was not moving my arms or legs. After speaking to different doctors, I was finally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Spastic Quadriplegia, a disability that affects my four limbs, due to a brain injury at birth. 

There have been times in my life where things got complicated, but despite that, I kept pushing forward to be the best I could be. There are people who think that because I have a disability that I need special accommodations for everything or I won’t rise to the occasion, and that’s not true. There are also people who support and believe in me and the things that I can do.

I am proud of the person that I am, because even with the limitations that I have, I’ve accomplished and done so many things. I graduated high school, ranking #4 out of 100 graduating seniors, and I was the only one with a disability. I have an Associate’s in Paralegal Studies from LaGuardia Community College. While there, I became part of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society for Students with Disabilities. I graduated from there with a 3.7 GPA, which I am proud of. In 2015, I participated in the NY Miss Amazing Pageant. Miss Amazing is a pageant that celebrates the abilities of girls and women with disabilities and thanks to them, I have grown so much as a person. In that year, I won the title of Teen Queen, and got the chance to represent NY at the national pageant in LA, in which I won 1st Runner-Up. I also participated in 2017, and I won the title of Jr. Miss Queen.

To read more of Janira's story go to: http://www.mobilewomen.org/2018/11/not-even-with-but-thanks-to-my.html#more
Posted by Sparky on Nov 8, 2018 11:04 AM America/New_York