Lazaro | What life is like (for me)

February 24, 2015   Opinion

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Lazaro FaneittyLazaro, 37
Kissimmee, FL, United States

I was born with Spina Bifida. I can walk with braces on my legs. It's definitely not easy. I wake up in pain every morning and fall asleep in pain.

I've had numerous operations due to Spina Bifida. I struggle everyday with this disability, but I do what is necessary to prove people wrong. I do need help physically and financially but I do not look for sympathy or pity.

There are times when people look at me like I am an alien from another planet. I often get teased and laughed at but I've learned to ignore it all. It's very hard to live a "normal" life when I am constantly judged and told I am incapable of this or that.

I struggle financially on a daily basis because I receive a set monthly income and have to learn how to manage my money so I don't overdo it.

Like I said before, it's not easy living with spina bifida. There have been times when I've thought about suicide because of teasing and bullying.

Thank you.

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