As I sat in my living room, the sound of someone on the phone was loud enough that I almost wanted to cry.
This was from a woman who had been in a wheelchair for a year.
I couldn’t help but smile and think of my own life.
After years of being told that I needed to be physically active, my body had given up on it.
At one point, I had to put myself in a medically induced coma because of a seizure.
The last time I saw my husband was when he was still in a coma.
It was heartbreaking.
Now, I was in a world that didn’t seem to understand the gravity of what was happening to me.
My husband had been taken away from me.
It was so hard to be separated from him and unable to communicate with him in any way.
When my husband had passed away, I did not know what to do.
I was stuck with this void in my life, and I didn’t know how to go about finding myself.
A lot of the time, I thought I had no choice.
But as I thought about what I could do to make a difference, I realized that there was a whole other world out there for me.
I had never been able to understand what it is like to be someone with Down Syndrome.
After spending many years of my life feeling isolated, lonely, and rejected, I now had an opportunity to learn to connect with others and to connect to my own world.
What a difference that is.
For me, that journey has been incredibly rewarding.
I now know that I’m not alone in this struggle.
Being part of a diverse group of people has given me so much confidence.
As a result, I have had many opportunities to be more myself and to make friends.
It is so important to know that people of all abilities and different beliefs can share their experiences, ideas, and stories.
I am so lucky to have been a part of that.
I also know that we can make a huge difference in our lives.
“The best way to start is to say yes.
And the most important thing is to ask, and then to follow through.
We are all here to share and to have a positive impact on each other.”
Dr. Amy D. Smith, Founder and CEO of The Doula Institute for Fitness and Wellness