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Spina Bifida Occulta

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Abraham Maslow once said, “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step backward into safety.” My whole life I have had many medical issues typically preventing one from doing a lot of the “normal” things a child can do. But I truly believe that life is not about the circumstances you were given, but much rather how you choose to react to them. So growing up I have always managed to find a way to not let my disabilities hinder me from living my life like everyone else and defy the odds I was handed. When i was born, my spine was not fully formed at the bottom, leaving an opening that would be the cause difficulties my entire life. I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida Occulta. Spina Bifida is an incurable birth defect where the vertebrae is defective causing the spinal cord to fail a proper development. In most cases of Spina Bifida the person is wheelchair bound their entire life along with other major health problems. Despite this, step by step I began walking on my own just under one year old. I was also born deaf and in most cases of deafness, the person is also mute,…show more content…
I was required to do a lot of physical therapy sessions to try and loosen my ligaments enough to qualify for the team because of the tightness caused from my spine. I was able to do cross country for a while before I ran into more issues. My pelvis began to dislocate off and on during practices and meets followed up by bulging one of the disks in my back but still kept running for the following two years along with a year of track. Having so many medical issues can make life harder than usual. These things among many other experiences in my life, have been difficult to overcome. Inevitably, you have to find a way to claim what you have and the way you were born to be able to push through it. Your struggles in life should never be treated like limits but much rather seen as goals and
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