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My Doctor Said I Wouldn’t Walk. I Can.

Aug 29, 2019 - The New York Times

My grandmother showed me how to surpass the expectations that the ‘medical model’ had set for me.

I was born with bleeding on the brain, which caused me to develop a type of cerebral palsy known as spastic quadriplegia, which affects both the arms and the legs. Early in my childhood, I received inadequate medical care because of instability in my family life. When I was 7 years old, a court granted custody of me to my grandmother on my father’s side, and my life took a turn for the ...