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Growing Into Me
By Sarah L Tagert   
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Last edited: Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2004

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Life is a balancing act. You take what it thrown at you and do the best you can. That is all anyone can ask for.

I am not as independent as many of the young adults I read about in the SBA newsletter. At 22 I still live at home and do not drive. Right now I really have no intention to change either of these things. I don’t feel any less successful or fulfilled than the rest of the world. My life is full and happy. I manage to keep myself busy volunteering my time and energy in our local 4-H club as well as The Mississippi Goat Assoc. where I am the editor of our newsletter.

At times in my life I have become severely depressed when I was not doing the things all my friends were doing such as getting a job or married and moving away from home but now I would not trade my life for anything. I have recently changed my career plans so I will be able to continue to devote my time to my projects with my local 4-H club. For many years my dream was to become a doctor so I could help children who were in the same situation I once was. Now I see I can help kids without the years of college. I know I can make a difference just as I am. It brings me so much joy to help the children learn and grow. I love sharing my passions and knowledge with any child who is willing to listen.

 

As I have gotten older I have become more comfortable with my medical issues. They have become less of an issue and more just a part of my every day life. Everyone who a life in my house knows I cannot eat or be in contact with bananas, kiwi and the like. It’s not a big deal anymore. I am a bit of a picky eater but everyone knows I am not joking when I say I cannot eat bananas as I am sure everyone who has SB or knows someone who as SB knows I am referring to Latex Allergy.  It extends beyond food to the medical realm. Latex is what you will find in much medical equipment. I have to be aware of this whenever I require medical attention. Contact with latex could prove critical for me. Home life is also effected since latex can be found in many household objects, toothbrush bristles or the gripper handles on many objects such as writing pens or hairbrushes. 

 

I have other issues. At times they get the better of me. I get frustrated when they invade or interrupt my life but for the most part I try to just take them in stride and move on.

 

Living with a disability is a growing process. You learn to cope with what life has handed you. I may not always do something the way someone else would but if it is in my power I get it done.

 

What the future holds no one, not even doctors can say. I am still astounding them by retaining my ability to walk when it was predicted I would be wheelchair bound by my teens. The years have brought changes, good and bad. I have had to surrender some of my independence in certain situations to reserve my limited abilities for other times but I have learned to cope with using my wheelchair in situations to allow me to continue to participate in the things I enjoy. It was hard at first but now it is just routine.

 

Growing into the person I am and will be is a never ending process. Challenges come my way each and every day. I do my best to meet them positively but I am only human. I get depressed over my limitations. I also realize I am richly blessed to have the abilities I do because not everyone with Spina Bifida is so fortunate to be as independent as I.

 

Life is a balancing act. You take what it thrown at you and do the best you can. That is all anyone can ask for.


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Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 12/15/2004
Good for you to see that you can do all you dreamed of doing. We are all individuals and it takes the "ingenuity" to do as we hope and dream. I'm proud of you Very Proud of you! You keep your chin up and this Wonderful article will influence so many others like yourself maybe not with the same "handicaps"' I hate that word but lack of another right now, But those even such as myself to keep chasing your dreams and never give up on yourself. You are a special gift to this world as you clearly have seen and shown us all today. I'm glad that I've met you.
God Bless you and your family and Keep You in His Care.
Tracey
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/15/2004
Every day I learn more about you, and I like what I have read. A couragous lady who only wants the most out of life. I always wished that I could be successful, too, but am just happy now to be ALIVE and contributing to society! I like your style, and your attitude; I can learn much from you and about you! Keep on writing! And never give up! I haven't!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 12/15/2004
Sarah, it is highly commendable that one can find the inner beauty and strength from within to overcome any disability. Too many, unfortunately are stigmatized or frowned upon because of any differences, yet that is exactly what makes everyone so unique. I was always taught to hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. This is an excellent message and well-penned thoughtful composition. Thanks for sharing your talent and work. Take good care and be well.
Reviewed by Mark Carroll 12/15/2004
To give what you have, instead of being distracted by what you don't is truely noble.

Too many never move beyond victimization and hurt, well done.

God Bless you.
Mark
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/14/2004
this is great Sarah
God Bless
Michelle
I can relate

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