Wednesday, February 08, 2017

"When I was three years old, I fell and hurt myself. I was running around, I was very rambunctious, and my mom said that I fell and I wasn’t moving. She picked me up and her and my dad rushed me to the hospital. They gave me an injection to alleviate the pain, but I think it damaged a nerve. Then they tried to repair that by doing physiotherapy by putting braces on both my legs, but that dislocated both my hips. So I couldn’t walk anymore.

"I don’t blame God though, because I don’t know any different. People who blame God for what happened to them, most of those people have a memory of what life was like before. I don’t know what it’s like to walk properly, I don’t know what it’s like to not be in a wheelchair, I don’t know what it’s like to not feel pain on a daily basis. To me, I get up every day and I’m in pain and to me, that’s just normal.

"I don’t ask God why these things happen. If you look at Paul, he had to accept the fact that it is what it is. He had to do what he needed to do for God. The scriptures tell me that you should not be asking why. That’s not an appropriate question because you aren’t going to get answer from it anyway. My disability, the reason why I am disabled, is so that I could bring glory to God with my body, and bring glory to God with my actions. I don’t see my disability as a hindrance, as a problem, I don’t see it as a problem. To me, being in a wheelchair is just like if someone were wearing glasses or a hearing aid. To me, I don’t see it as a huge issue."

Simone // Mississauga

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