For many years, I’ve tried my best to hide a part of myself from everyone. Other than my family, only a handful of friends close to me truly know…
“Are you ok?”
“Did you hurt yourself?”
“If you don’t mind me asking, why do you walk that way?”
“Does it affect the way you work?”
Yes…if you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about the way I walk. I was born with a disability. A disability known as cerebral palsy. If you google it, Wikipedia will tell you that it is “a general term for permanent, non-progressive movement which causes physical disability.” In my case, it has affected my legs, and more specifically, the tendons in my ankles. If you’ve read the book (or seen the movie), “My Left Foot”…my situation is basically the same, just not as drastic. And well, for me, it’s more so my RIGHT foot. Lol.
For many years, I’ve gotten away with hiding it. It’s the reason why I always prefer to wear pants, long dresses/skirts, shoes over slippers. Other than my family, only a few my friends have been fortunate to know the truth…for some, it was already obvious. For others, they weren’t sure and decided to ask about it. Only recently, and I mean a few years, did I start to let go and tell more people. Before that and even still today, I make up stories about how I twisted my ankle or stubbed my toe, etc. And now, well…it’s time I tell everyone else and the WORLD.
Why the sudden decision? Well, I’d say probably because of work. And well, I’m tired, just tired of all the questioning, and me trying to avoid answering those questions. From the day we began the Brug Community Program at work, and the first organizations we donated to were Shriners Hospital and Kapiolani Medical Center because they were important to the President of our company, I mentioned to a few coworkers about how excited I was about it because these two places are close to my heart also. Many wondered why, and the truth is it’s because like how they are helping Miho’s (our President) son with his disability, they’ve done the same and more for me and my disability too. I won’t go into complete detail about my disability, but I will leave you with the video below…which I had to create for a “disability and equality” class I took in college.
Although this video doesn’t go into much detail either, it does explain a lot about what I’ve had to go through because of my disability. For many of my friends reading this, for you, it may explain why I am the way I am today. If any of you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.