While growing up, my family didn’t attend church regularly, but my parents never discouraged us from going with friends, learning the Bible or having a relationship with God. In fact, Mom explained that God allowed the doctors to revive me after being born dead, but the lack of oxygen to my brain is what caused my disability. Knowing God saved me made me feel lucky to be alive even though I couldn’t walk, had difficulty talking and needed a lot of help. It also proved that I already had a special relationship with God that not everyone had.
I started struggling with my disability in junior high. Friends told me to go to a faith healer so he/she could make me walk, but I told them that I was fine with how I was. On the other hand, I kept asking God why He wasn’t healing me. One day at school, I heard God tell me that He wasn’t going to heal me because He needed me to show others that anyone can live a full life no matter what the circumstance. Instantly, a peace came over me and my life had purpose.
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