04 Jul Dear Mom & Dad with Love
I watched you from the sidelines advocating on my behalf. I watched you with fists clenched and tears in your eyes when the psychologist tried to diminish my worth. I remember the piercing words “low percentile” like nails on a chalk board being repeated over and over again. I remember the decision you made to put me into special education, the extra money you spent on tutoring, and the plans you made to ensure I made it to post-secondary education. I remember it all.
I watched you with fists clenched and tears in your eyes
Mom, dad this letter is for you. You never backed down, you loved my unconditionally and most importantly believed in me. I remember that day as if it were yesterday, being seven-years old and sitting across the table from my teacher, psychologist and principal and being told, “Megan will never have the mental capacity to attend college.”
Mom, dad thank you. I made it! I defied the odds. I graduated high school with honors, I graduated college twice with honors, I’m in my third year of university and I own and operate my own business supporting children with learning disabilities. I saw you, when you didn’t even realize I was watching. You believed in advocating for me so much I decided to become a disability advocate myself. I am not defined by my disability, and my experiences have led me on a journey to cultivate change. It’s been a long and painful journey, but I’m a success story.
Thank you mom and dad.