Jay Henshaw Oquawka, IL 3,706 Votes
My Life with Spinal Muscular Atrophy
I was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, this disease started in my early stages of child hood. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a slow progressive muscle disease. I mainly had troubles running and climbing stairs during my child hood. As I got older it was progressing more, where my arms and legs were really starting to be affected. I was able to work and continue on with my life normal, but with difficulties. I had my own small town business going of having a lawn service and snow removal. This become to be a very good business. After about twenty years of doing this, the spinal muscular atrophy started hitting me really hard and I had to be confined to a wheel chair and was forced to give up my business.
I was determined not to let this disease get me down. So I got to thinking that I needed to go to college and find something that I could do sitting in a chair. I decided to go with Graphic Designing, this has worked out very well for me and I will be graduating in May of 2013 with an associate’s degree in Arts and Science, I have made Dean’s list every semester and graduating with honors. Currently I ‘am doing an internship with United Access and Personal Mobility in Peoria,Illinois. My hopes are to work for United Access and Personal Mobility. I feel that I could be a great sales person and designer for them and would love to be on their team. I think I have been an inspiration to all the students and faculty members at Southeastern Community College. And hope to be a big inspiration to everybody that has disability’s and give them hope that “You can do anything if you put your mind to it”. As of now my means of transportation is not too reliable. Having a wheelchair accessible van would allow me to go back and forth to school and to my internship and later have a job and be able to have freedom to go anywhere that I wish to and perform my everyday task like everyone else.