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By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, July 06, 2012

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A woman with cerebral palsy is raising her niece and nephew. This is their story.

Image of handicapped parking sign (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

Hello!  My name is Wendie Jean Friedman.  I live in Hackensack, New Jersey, with my niece, Morganna Joy, and nephew, Mikah Dane.  They are six and four years old and keep me hopping in more ways than one.  I was married, but my husband was killed last year in a car accident.  Drunk driver hit him going the wrong way.  Driver hardly had a scratch; meanwhile, my husband died from massive head trauma.

My husband's name was Corbin.  I miss him more than you will ever know.  He was my soulmate, my partner, my everything.

Then six months ago, my brother Wade was killed in an industrial accident, leaving behind his two children.  That's where I came in.  I offered to take them in and raise them as my own.  It's been a very hard year and a half for me, yet with God's help and grace, I am making it, slowly, one day at a time.

Wade was already a single father.  His wife left him for another man; she decided that motherhood wasn't for her. 

I didn't want Morganna or Mikah to end up in an orphan's home (or in foster care), so I opted to take them in.  I haven't been the least bit sorry: I love my little niece and nephew so much!

It's been a big challenge for me because I happen to be disabled.  I am in a wheelchair.  I was born with damage to my brain; the damage, in part, left me with the lifelong mark of cerebral palsy.  I am somewhat spastic, but I am able to function; I just don't talk that clearly (I have to work hard to make myself understood) and can't walk so I use a wheelchair.  It is a lot easier for me.

Morganna and Mikah look just like my brother with their carrot-colored hair, freckles, and grey (or in the case of Mikah, blue) eyes.  I favor my mother ... or did before she started going grey and frosting her hair.  I also have her brown eyes.  Mama is very pretty and quite active, even though she is over 50 years old.  

Mama lives close by; that way she can visit with the grandchildren and keep me company while I go on my errands.  If I have to go to court due to the adoption process, she stays home and a neighbor comes with me so she can babysit Morganna and Mikah.  Mama has been a godsend.

Yes, you heard and read right.  I am in the process of adopting my niece and nephew!  I want to prove to the world that just because I happen to be in a wheelchair, I can't be a good mother to my niece and nephew.  It isn't easy at times, but I am willing to fight with everything I have and I won't rest until I emerge as the victor (or have Mikah and Morganna in my care, whichever happens first).

I am extremely determined!

Well, it is time for me to put Mikah and Morganna down for the night, so i will run along now (rather, roll along! LOL).  I hope you enjoyed my story; I will be keeping you abreast of the situation, so you will hear from me again.  Just keep me in your prayers; pray that I get custody of Morganna and Mikah! I would greatly appreciate any and all prayers!!  Thanks in advance!

~Wendie Jean.  :)

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Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/9/2012
Well done, Karen.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 7/7/2012
a very well done tale, bravo.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/6/2012
Beautiful story Karen, and yes just because she is in a wheelchair that should not stop her look what Kendra has done, Louie has done
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/6/2012
Beautiful story, Karen, very well done!

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

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