My friend Jen is staying with me for the weekend and I asked if I could interview her for my blog. Jennifer is a person who has overcome incredible obstacles just to be alive. She is not only alive, Jen has a heart full of love and joy and I am so glad to call her my friend.
What happened when you were born?
I was thought to be dead at birth but the doctors managed to revive me. The put me in an incubator but there was not enough oxygen so I got brain damage. The doctor told my mother, “You may as well put her in an institution. She’s not going to amount to anything. She may not walk or talk.”
What did your mom do?
She brought me home and took care of me.
And you started walking and talking when you were 8?
Well I must have!
What things did your mom do for you?
She bought me a math aid called Mr. Professor. It taught me how to do math.
How did people treat you when you were a child?
People treated me rough. Picked on me, called me names. I felt hurt. I wanted to run home and cry.
What are you most proud about? Learning how to walk and talk and getting through school.
What is your favourite thing to do? Talking to friends.
What is one thing that you would like to tell people about having a disability?
Well, there is an old saying my friend would say: “Label jars not people.”
I know that I have a disability and when I moved here people either accepted me or shunned me.
What schooling are you doing now? I am at college to become a Vet assistant.
What do you love about animals? Just being around them.
What makes you smile? Being with friends and laughing.