One day my mother was going down the stairs and she slipped on her back. My mom was three months pregnant with me. The doctors told her that I would not be able to walk or talk or do anything. They said, “you should abort her.”
My wise mother knew that the doctors were wrong. She had an emergency C section on November 8th 1994 because I did not fully turn.
When I was nine months old I was experiencing constant seizures. The doctors said to my mom that I had epilepsy. My father and mother took me to the hospital every week until one doctor had found a cure. The doctor gave me a medicine that eliminated the seizures. The medicine caused me to eat a lot. I was not able to walk until I was three.
When I was five years old, teachers noticed that I struggled in classes. My mother received a call from the school saying that I failed my hearing tests. My mother took me to an audiologist and she said to my mother that I have 80% hearing loss in my left ear and that my right ear was normal.
That day in the doctor’s office changed my life. I was constantly put down by teachers. I was assigned a hearing itinerant. She helped me learn how to lip read. She taught me how to survive in school. However during high school and middle school I stopped trying.
After middle school, I was assigned a new hearing itinerant and she didn’t want me to strive. I pushed myself to overcome her and managed to graduate high school with honors and college with high honors. I managed to teach myself sign language and pursue a career in my major, web design.
My message is for those of you who are struggling remember that Allah is with you and to never give up!