Heather | What life is like (for me)

March 19, 2015   Opinion

Faces of Spina Bifida Magazine | Source

Heather, 29
Rochester, Minnesota, United States

My childhood and teenage years were pretty normal, similar to any other person. In elementary school, I had IEPs established and in middle school, I started adaptive Physical Education. 

Sure, I have more doctor visits and surgeries than a regular person, but it is all part of my package. Growing up, I had many friends, went on vacation and experienced many things. I had boyfriends, jobs since age 14, drove my own car, and attended college to study child development. 

When I was 19, I met my (now) husband online. I moved from Minnesota to Illinois to start a life with him. We were married in 2006 and gave birth to our first daughter in 2007, who died at 4 months. We had a son in 2009. I worked as a nanny and the door at local concerts every weekend. 

In 2011, we moved back to Minnesota. 

I am a nanny, again, and take care of our son. My life is just like anyone else’s, really. I merely walk differently and sometimes use a wheelchair to get around. Some days are harder than others, but that is life!