Chrissy Correia Boston, MA 28,178 Votes
My daughter, a 34 years old, mother of two, (after the doctor told her that she could not have kids). She was shot and paralyzed from the waist down at age 3. She had undergone over 80 surgical procedures, diagnosis with MS in 2005. Had her right leg amputated in 2010 yet always on the go and never let it take over her life. She remains with positive attitude and tends to be the person that people turn to when they are in need of a moral support. She has tried many times to return to school but to no success due to her illness. Her dreams is to obtain her college degrees which is being something she has been looking for since the age of 18 but due to numerous medical complications she was forced to put that dream on the back burner. From 1995 up to 2005 she worked many different jobs as her health permitted. For example, she worked as paralegal which she excel and enjoyed, and as a battered women advocate which she worked with such passion and never felt as it was a job just to name a few. She has not returned to school due to financial obligation and solid means of transportation because her now 1995 secondhand wheelchair van is in dire need of replacement. For the past three years she has been using a wheelchair that is not fit for her due to a mistake made by the manufacture and the insurance company will not pay for another wheelchair for another 2 years. She is in a desperate need of a wheelchair because her posture in the chair is very poor which contribute to her medical complication. As you can see she does not let anything pull her down, whether it is her medical condition or poorly made wheelchair. Now she depends on a service dog to pick up objects for her and assist with things she is unable to do. She continues to keep on with a smile never letting anyone know how much she really suffers.