by Shannon Phillips
I was born in 1976 on November 11. I am now 39 years old.
My mother didn't know what Spina Bifida was, so she had to learn. The doctors told her I wouldn't live past 10 years old, walk, or talk. They also told her I'd be retarded, which is not true.
I began walking at 2 years old after leaving my walker and walking across the room to the toy box. When I called out to my mother, she did not see me at my walker, but at the toy box. She called the doctor right away and told him. He didn't believe her and asked her to bring me in so he could see for himself.
Since then, I've been walking.