I could not let this month go by without including this song!Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
There is an old saying that says, "if you get handed lemons you have to turn them into lemonade." This month I have truly been put to the test to see if I can turn my lemons into lemonade in more ways than one. For several weeks now I have had an ongoing cough that the doctors aren't sure what is causing it; but when I think about it even though it has been frustrating beyond belief I think it has been nice because it has reminded me that it is ok to slow down once in a while. Then a few weeks after I had just gotten the cough it was time for orientation to NEIU. And despite my cough I was smiling from ear to ear with excitement. I had done what I needed to do, signed up for classes, gone to speak with an Academic Advisor and the Accessibility office; I was all prepared, or so I thought. At the end of the orientation my mom said, "I could have heard them wrong, but I think you need a certain amount of math courses." At this point I was like thinking to myself "no mom! I already got that under control," but I thought I better double check. So about a week later I made an appointment with the head of the Academic Dept. and sure enough I was not only required to take math classes but I was short 1 Fine Arts course and 3 science courses; 1 being a lab- which is extremely hard for me due to my visual limitations. For several days, I was like "what am I going to do?!" This has always been my dream and now I could not see it coming true. However, later that week after lots of tears, hugs and frustration- I met with my Voc Rehab Counselor and I am going to continue to pursue my career in the field of Human Services. I have decided to take a semester off and work by spreading the message of person centered planning and community living and choices for people with developmental disabilities.
I have come to the realization that I will probably not be able to get my Bachelor's degree due to my limitations, but I am not letting that stop me when it comes to learning. In the spring I plan to go to NEIU or Oakton to take at least 1 Communications and/or Social Work class to better my communication and people skills. So I can speak to lots of groups of people and spread the message of freedom and independent living despite having a disability.
I would like to thank Rebecca and Lindsy for helping me while Mina was in Mexico. I hope she had a great time and I look forward to seeing her again. Without the people that help me I would not have been able to continue my independent life even in the past 2 weeks, so thank you again.
As a result of me having this cough I have limitations of what I can eat and drink. Lemonade is one of them, so i am not asking for a miracle just for all of you to sit back and have a nice cold glass of lemonade for me. Thanks! Love you all!
P.S. Another way I was able to make my lemonade happen was I had a friend from my Birthright Trip named Marva come over to play games with Lindsy and me. We had a great time and this was especially memorable because I did not know if I would ever see her again. I love the time we spent together and I will always remember it.