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A boy with severe disabilities shares his story through his computer, which is his means of "communicating".

Character based on a darling little girl I met on Saturday. She has severe cerebral palsy, is nonverbal, unable to walk or talk, and is tube-fed and not toilet-trained. She is also on a ventilator.

My name is Adam.  I am seven years old.

I live with my family in Norman, Oklahoma.

When you first see me, you may be sad.  I cannot walk or talk.  I am in a wheelchair.  I also breathe with a respirator.  I was born with brain damage and it affected my body.  I have to have a lot of care.

Sometimes I get sad, but I know I can't help what happened to me.  When I was born, my umbilical cord got all twisted and it cut off any oxygen from getting to me, so I ended up having problems.  

I have a big sister, Emily, who is eight.  She and mommy and daddy take very good care of me.  They make sure I am comfortable and have what I need.  They feed me though my tummy button (I cannot eat like you can) or squirt give me medicines through this same way, so I don't get sick or have seizures.  They are very good with me, and I love them an awful lot!

I am in the second grade.  I am in Ms. Hanigan's class.  There are six other kids in the class; they are disabled and are in wheelchairs, too, just like me, but Andrea can walk on crutches for short trips.  

I breathe with a respirator because sometimes I forget to breathe and the oxygen in my blood goes down, which sets off an alarm to remind me to breathe.  It's a pain, but that's part of my disability.  I'm grateful that I can at least breathe, even if I do have to have help!

I can't talk, but I can talk with my computer, which is how I am typing to you now (I have a pointer thingie I wear on my head and I hit the keys on my computer to make words).

I just wish people would stop staring or running away when they first see me.  That makes me very sad!  I am not a monster; I am a human kid who is disabled!!  I just want to be like anyone else or treated like anybody else!

Well, I gotta go.  It's gonna be lunch time soon.  It takes about an hour to feed me.  I will write in here again soon; so take care! Bye for now!   

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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 11/4/2011
Karen, what an unbearably sad but fantastic story that truly goes to show "that where there is life, there is hope."
Your friend inSouthern California; Mark
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 11/2/2011
This story definately touched my heart and reminded me of my grandson ,Joshua. It's a blessing God took him home . His life would have been a terrible one....Thanks for sharing this special story.....M
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 11/1/2011
Well told story!!!! As always Karen!!!!
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/31/2011
Excellent indeed.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/31/2011
What a smart head on this kid's shoulders. Excellent write, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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