I began public speaking
when I was a teenager: I was acting as the local Easter Seal Society spokesperson and I felt that I had found my true calling. It is said that public speaking is the number one phobia, next to the fear of death. For me it’s something I truly love to do.
After my time with Easter Seals I began public speaking. I shared my story about living with cerebral palsy and how I don’t let it define who I am. Okay, yes it is a part of me and sure it does have some bearing on how I get through my day in a physical sense. It has also shaped my character and probably my perceptions of the world as well but not in a bad way simply in a way that offers me a unique perspective. This perspective wouldn’t be present in my life if it not for cerebral palsy and my use of my wheelchair. It is this perspective that I gently attempt to share when speaking. I am happy if something I have said has left a positive impact and food for thought to those I am speaking to. I know I am only one story and voice but I feel like that is my gift.
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