So today a woman came up to me and asked if she could pray for me. I politely accepted she got so emotional. I asked her why was she crying she said “You are a testament of what God’s will can do. You have a harder life than most people, but still you smile.” I said “why get down about something I can’t change?”To which she responded. ” I wish I could be as positive as you. I’m able to walk and still find something to be negative about. It’s not necessarily that I’m positive. all the time , I just choose. my battles. It’s very rewarding to know that the life I lead inspires others. It’s funny how we can unknownly touch someone’s life, even a strangers and we end up changing them for the better. That’s what this blog is all about making a difference. My best friend Ashley and I set out to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy, but it’s become so much more than that. It’s become a huge part of our lives. It’s Such a rewarding feeling to know our stories help others. We all inspire
each other in different ways.
Ebony L. Washington
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Yesterday, I went to get my haircut, and the lady who cut my hair was waiting with me as my mom was in line to pay. I started a conversation with this young lady, who was very sweet. She asked me if I had any plans for later that day, and I told her I had to go do some work for my online math class. I started rambling on, telling her how much I hated math, but that luckily, this was my last math class, and I would be going into my Public Relations major. “That’s really cool, my friend majored in that.” she said. “I have to tell you something, I was supposed to be just like you.” What she said caught me off guard. “I was supposed to have Spina Bifida.” Then, my mom came back from paying. “Thank you so much for bringing her, it was so good to hear her story.” she said. “When I was born, the Doctors said I would have Spina Bifida, and I now do runs for disability.” It was as if just “living my life” was supposed to be some kind of encouragement to her. I didn’t tell her I had Cerebral Palsy. What she didn’t seem to understand was that every disability is different. Yeah, the doctors told her she was supposed to have a disability, but she wouldn’t have understood fully what it was like to live MY life. While I have friends with spina bifida, I can’t know exactly what they go through because their disability is different from mine. In general, nobody’s life is the same. God made us all beautifully unique, and we all have different battles we go through in life that make us who we are today.
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Hey! It’s Ebony and Ashley again we have much more to tell you about our fun weekend being reunited after five years. It was like no time had past.
Ebony was so excited as soon as Ashley’s mom texted her. She parked her wheelchair beside the car so her mom would hurry up and get to the hotel. Ashley wanted to get there so badly it seemed like they kept getting stuck in traffic and stopped at every red light. Once we got there, we went for a swim. We got hungry and decided to eat at Habachi. It had every type of food you could think of. While we were there, the waitress thought we were kids. Curse our youthful skin. We both immediately started to chuckle as she walked away. Our moms caught on and started to laugh too.
The next day Ashley watched Ebony in a pageant that benefits Autism. She actually ended up winning Miss Sothern Angel 2016. Ashley wanted to be in it too, but she signed up too late. Hopefully next year she can do it. It was nice to meet other people like us who had disabilities.
Then we got to have a sleep over at Carolina Beach. We got to spend time with Ashley’s aunt and Cousin which was awesome! We got to eat at a restaurant called Oceanic Restaurant.
The next day we went the Life Rolls on event, before we knew it was time to leave. We both cried because time had passed by too quickly and we wished we could’ve stayed longer. Five years definitely won’t be the next time we see each other. We’re already planning to go back next year!
Hey! It’s Ebony and Ashley! Sorry it’s been awhile, but we’re back and ready to tell you about our adaptive surfing adventure. Life Rolls on was a great experience for us and it was even more special we got to do it together.
All the volunteers were amazing and generous. They helped us on on to the surf board and we paddled out. As we caught our first waves we were greeted with cheers. The volunteers took the time to get to know us while we waited for the next wave. They made sure we were comfortable at all times and if we werent they asked how they could help.
They laid us on our back first then flipped us over on our stomachs than they’d ask if we were ready catch the next wave. There were different colored teams. There were pink, black, blue, green and red. Ash was on the green and Ebony was on the blue. Although we were on separate teams it felt like one big family. Everyone was so nice and helpful it was amazing!
Ashley was told by a volunteer that he wanted sponsor her trip for next year! Ebony even conquered here fear of ocean water. Well she’s not afraid of water, she just scared that she can’t see her feet in the murky water. We can’t wait to back. It definitely a life changing experience for the both of us. Thank you Jesse Billaur and all the awesome Life Rolls On volunteers for making this amazing day happen!
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It’s been awhile guys, but I’m back! As you guys know I’ve been doing some acting and modeling. I can’t wait for you guys to see the things I’ve been doing. I will be making my onscreen debut soon! It’s gonna be awesome! I’m just starting out. Can’t wait to see what’s next! Right now I can’t say exactly what that is, but I’m very hopeful about the future.
My ultimate goal is to help shed a light on Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. So that we are more accepted in society. It doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation, but it’s just to start a dialogue to create change. In order to create change it may require stepping out of our comfort zones to do so. I’m up for the challenge! Help my best friend Ashley and spread our message!
Ashley and I will be meeting up very soon. We may possiblely do a video blog so stay tuned!
Ebony L. Washington
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