My Name is Kianna and I am twelve years old. I have Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Quadrapalgic Cerebral Palsy, which means all four of my limbs are affected. I have Cerebral Palsy, but it does not have me.
All I have asked is to be understood, to have people look beyond what's on the outside and see me for the person I am.
I do not want to be defined by my disability. I may not be able to walk, and my speech may be hard to understand, but I am just like every other person. I want a chance.
I am a person first, a person that just happens to have Cerebral Palsy. I do not want to be treated like I don't matter here. When I was a little girl I heard people tell Mom oh that poor thing, I am so sorry why don't you have her put in a home. Like I wasn't sitting right there, like I didn't understand. I mean come on I may be in a wheelchair, and my speech may be difficult to understand but I am not deaf and I understand what you are saying.
I am so glad Mom told them not to speak like that. She told them that I understood what they were saying, and I was her miracle.
I thank God Mom didn't put me in some home because I was to hard to handle. I did not ask to have this disabiilty, but I have it and all the negativity and bad attitude in the world isn't going to change that. I enjoy life, despite everything and I am not going to let anyone define who I am. Just because I don't talk so well, and I don't walk doesn't mean I don't have a voice, because I do.
And Please don't think I am retarded I don't understand what you say. Some kids with Cerebral Palsy do have those issues, but we all don't. I was moved up two grades and I am in advanced classes, so mentally I learn just fine. It's only physically that it effects me.