An Open Letter To The Person Who Said I Was "Sick"

An Open Letter To The Person Who Said I Was "Sick"

I Am Not "Sick."
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You are not the first person to call me "sick" or use any derogatory term to describe me. However, allow me to clarify this for you.

I am not sick. In fact, I am very well. Healthy and vibrant. You saw that I struggle with walking, but I am surely not sick, nor is there anything wrong with me.

I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy. It makes my muscles tighter than it should be, and affects the way I walk as well as my motor skills. But I am much more than just Cerebral Palsy, or the stereotype you placed on me.

I am a very kind and passionate person. I consider my feelings, as well as those around me. I would expect you to have known that already, since we have been acquainted with each other before.

I always have a smile on my face, and manage to laugh unnecessarily, even though it may be considered annoying to some. (At least, I make myself happy).

I am persistent when it comes to achieving my goals and dreams, so if you think being "sick" or having a disability may be a barrier, you are absolutely incorrect.

I have a family who loves and supports me, so I know, I am not alone, and I will get through. I will live my life.

Having a disability does not make me any less of a human being, neither does being abled make you any better. At the end of the day, we are all the same human beings who breathe the same air.

Maybe you think I am sick, that is perfectly fine. I will not tell you how you should think. However, this stereotype does not define me.

It defines you as the person who has placed it on me. It shows who is really disabled, as you have shown a huge amount of ignorance, unfortunately blinded by what you think are my incapabilities.

You blatantly used this word without a second thought. Maybe you did not know the appropriate thing to say, I can understand that. What I want you to know is, that my disability is not considered a life sentence. It is not a stamp or seal on paper. It does not define me either. It is just a part of me, not all of me. I am so much more than my diagnosis.

You would probably expect me to be angry with you, but I am not. There is no reason to because I know who I am and what I am not. So thank you for reminding me of who I am not, so I can continue to realize who I am.

Thank you.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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