Just Like You

I have a special friend who we will call “Cathy”. Cathy has Cerebral Palsy. One day, we were talking about anything and everything. And somehow, the concept of “perception” came up. We started discussing how the general public perceives individuals with impairments who may be wheelchair bound. As we continued our deep discussion, Cathy helped me come up with an important message to the world. This is from “Cathy’s” eyes:

Yes, I am wheelchair bound. I can’t walk, talk, or feed myself. I am completely dependent on others to help me with all aspects of my care.

When I am out in the community, the general population either stares at me awkwardly or completely ignores me. It’s like they don’t even see me, at least not the real me. So I have a message to the world…

Just Like You

With the help of my walker, I can walk!  

Just like you…

 With the help of my communication device, I can talk!

Just like you…

 With the help of my special feeding equipment, I can eat!

Just like you…

 With the help of my power w/c, I can drive to places!

Just like you…

 With the help of adaptive devices, I can use the computer!

Just like you…

 With the help of a stander, I can stand up tall!

Just like you…

 With the help of proper floatation devices, I can swim!

Just like you…

 With the help of the adapted bike, I can ride my bike!

Just like you…

 But this is what you really need to know about me…

 I have feelings, dreams, desires, and goals.

Just like you…

 So next time you see me,

Please remember, I am a human being…

Just like you…

About Jalpa Williby

Jalpa Williby was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. For the past 20 years, Williby has worked as a Physical Therapist, a career she loves because she gets to make a difference, “One person at a time!” When she is not working, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and her three children. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working fulltime, her love and passion for books never subsided. Some of her favorite books are A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Twilight Series, and The Hunger Games Trilogy. When asked what inspired her to write her debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, Williby answers simply, “Because I have a story to share.”

Posted on June 18, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Love it!!


  2. This is amazing! Love this!


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