Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Therapy

     If you have some kind of therapy, you need to work hard in it. I have Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy (PT in the water) and Speech Therapy. As you can imagine, this keeps me busy! All of them help my life be easier. So, I try my hardest during each therapy session. They help me move better, talk better and eat better. If you don't work hard in therapy, you might as well stay home. The therapists can only help you if you try. There have been many times where I've been able to do something that I couldn't before. That is an awesome feeling! Always work hard. Otherwise, there is no point. Try making it fun. Challenge yourself. I always ask my therapists to time me. I like to compete with myself. So, here's a shout out to Sharon, Wendy and Amy, my current therapists. Thanks for all you do for me. Thanks to all the therapists I've had in the past…Nancy, Patti, Mandy,  Rema, Elizabeth, Maeve, Hailey, Tina…and all the rest that I've had in and out of school.

     “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 
― Maya Angelou

     I encounter many defeats but they only make me stronger and make me work harder. I never give up. I choose to focus on what I CAN do, not what I can't do. There are 
NO LIMITS  in my house! 
Later dudes and dudettes,
Jack


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Independence

     Since we just got done celebrating Independence Day, I want to talk about independence. Independence is just a privilege, not a requirement. Because of my physical disability, I rely on my family to take care of me. I wish I could be more independent. It is very hard to accept that I have less independence than my friends. When I am upset about it, I try to be humorous. One time, I saw a person waterskiing and I said I'd like to try it. My mom said, "you were born into the wrong family." I said, "and with the wrong body!" I try to have a sense of humor about my Cerebral Palsy. Life's too fast to not see the humor. Zach Anner said, "People feel sorry for me because I'm in a wheelchair. Have you ever tried sitting? It's really comfortable!" I love that! Therefore, when you are feeling down about your lack of independence, think about the humorous aspect of the situation. I know you'll feel better. If you don't feel better, you can call me a liar. Or you can look up Zach Anner on YouTube. He will definitely make you laugh!
     I had a great Independence Day, by the way. I went to see some fireworks with some of my cousins and some friends of our family.
     Here is me with my dog, Bailey. She just turned two and she loves to lick my face!
Later,
Jack

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Awareness and Summer, finally!

Finally, it is summer! The time when I am not so busy.
 
I am going to talk about disability awareness. Last week, on the news, somebody’s brother decided to walk 40 miles with his disabled brother that had CP on his back to raise money for equipment. This shows that disabled people are normal but we need the right equipment to achieve normalcy. This story is inspirational. I think that it gave people a reason to help and support disabled people. I also saw a video about a little girl in a wheelchair that wanted to dance in a pageant. So her dad danced her wheelchair around and picked her up and was twirling her and dancing. She was so happy. This shows that there is a way for disabled people to participate in things that they want to do.
Awareness is very important because it makes the society that we live in recognize our needs. The more people with disabilities are able to be out in the world doing regular things, the more people will be used to seeing us out in the world. Then they’ll realize that we are just like them, then maybe there will be less staring and pointing. These stories are really good for the community to see.
In my personal life, my first year of high school was AWESOME! I love high school. I had fun, worked really hard and got good grades. What else could anyone need? I played on a baseball team for special needs again this year. My last game was today. I enjoyed my team. Of course, I wish it was more competitive but I did what I could. I am feeling so thankful because my cousin had major brain surgery last week and he is doing so well. 
So, to all of my disabled readers- stay active! Get out there and do stuff! We can do just about anything we want. 
Stay positive!

Later,
Jack

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I love high school!

I love high school so much! The people who work at my school are so open to me. So many people work so hard for me to have everything I need for school. I have been making new friends. I am in this awesome club called Team Polaris that is for kids with special needs and kids who don't have special needs. We do stuff together, like last night a bunch of us went out for dinner and to a dance at our school. The kids and teachers in this club are all so awesome, it is so fun! 

My point is that it doesn't matter if you are disabled, you still can be accepted. Everyone is so nice and respectful to each other. This club has made my social skills better. My classes are all going well, too. I have a lot of homework sometimes, but I am getting through it! 

Guess what? I am turning 15 this week! I hope that it will be Spring SOON! I am getting tired of all this snow around here.
Later dudes and dudettes...Jack

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I do what I can do

     In my life, I try to do everything I can. There are some things that I can't do. There's a ton of stuff I CAN do. I can hang out with my friends, do donuts in my wheelchair, eat donuts in my wheelchair. I can laugh, cry, pray.
     Savor every moment that is good in your life. Love your friends and your family. Being perfect doesn't buy you happiness. 
See you later dudes and dudettes,
Jack
   

Sunday, September 22, 2013

High school so far

     I'm sorry it's been so long since I had a new entry! Guess what? I'm in High School! I just started my Freshman year and I was on the Homecoming Court! I was so excited to be picked by my classmates. This week was Homecoming and it was so fun. See, anyone can do stuff like that. I'm lucky to have a lot of friends and the kids at school treat me really well. I feel like a rock star sometimes when everybody says hi to me. I wish everyone in my school was treated that way. I know there are kids who are bullied and kids who feel like they don't have any friends. I don't understand why kids can be so nice to me and not be nice to everyone.
      My school has this awesome club called Team Polaris. It is a club for kids with Special needs and kids without special needs to hang out together and be social. It is so great. I have met a lot of new friends in this group.
     Coming soon... a new post about a new topic! Ha ha!
Later... Jack

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Be Yourself!


I know it's hard not to try to be someone else. Don't be afraid to just be you. Your true friends will like you no matter what. They won't see your disability, they just see you. I learned that the hard way. In seventh grade, it was really hard because sometimes at lunch kids would ignore me a lot. I wanted to be friends with some of those kids so bad. I started doing a small group lunch and it was awesome. I could actually have conversations. I've learned what real friends are. I used to think everyone who was nice to me was my friend, but now I know that some kids are just people you know.

You have to identify the characteristics of a person before making a friend.  A friend is always there for you. Real friends can be trusted and will tell you the truth. So don't try to act a certain way just to be friends with someone you think is cool. BE YOURSELF. Anyone who doesn't think you're cool enough was never your friend anyway.

Guess what? My blog has a FACEBOOK page!

I have CP. So what, I'm still awesome
LIKE ME!
I already have 100 likes!
Later,
Jack