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Leigh’s Legs- Part 4

Urine seemed to be her perfume as Leigh walked down the halls of Otwell Middle School.  Girls, with their smiles of Clinque lip gloss and designer purses made fun of Leigh when she’d come to class with a different pair of pants from the previous class period.  The girls would talk bad about her in the bathroom—one person even slipped her a note in her locker telling her to take a bath.  I was... read more

Leigh’s Legs- Part 3

“Do I have to wear my braces?”  It was almost a rhetorical question—the answer so obvious.  Of course you have to wear your braces. Leigh can walk without them, but she has very little balance and control of her body.  The braces give her support.  When she was eleven, Leigh went through a phase where she didn’t want to wear them.  She’d wear long pants and put her shoes on and think she was... read more

Prenatal Surgery: Benefits Worth the Risk?

When googling spina bifida, there are many articles regarding prenatal surgery that pop up.  I read several from credible medical establishments and there was only one conclusion I could draw:  this procedure is still very new (meaning, there is not enough research about this procedure to make a completely informed decision) and it is highly controversial. Ultimately, between the 19th & 25th... read more


As a teacher, new legislation is passed regarding students with disabilities.  IEP, SPED, 504, RTI and other multiple initial programs bombard the education process daily.  For students with disabilities, both physical and mental, a 504 Plan can significantly increase a student’s education experience. According to Great Schools, an online organization to help parents stay involved in their... read more

My Sister’s Legs- Part 2

I never understood why she loved our father so much.  Both her undying loyalty to him and his team and unconditional love was foreign to me in many ways.   Sure, I loved my Dad.  Yes, I was proud of his accomplishments.  But being the Coach’s Daughter was not how I wanted to define myself.  And I wanted my sister to have her own identity, too.  It took many years for me to realize that her... read more
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