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Written by  Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:08
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Pervasive Parenting
By Kodey Toney

 

I feel like I need to share a story about a local girl who has overcome so much to achieve one of her dreams recently.


Patience Wilson is a girl that I have known for a couple years now, and she never ceases to amaze me with her determination and drive.


You see, a few years back she was in a horrendous car wreck that left her with a traumatic brain injury. While the healing process has been ongoing, she has already come so far from where she was supposed to be. She and her family were told that they she may never speak or walk again. There were many things they were told, but with hard work, she has recently competed in Special Olympics events, which she not only loves, but has excelled at. She made it to the State Games this summer in the 100 meter run, but was disappointed when it got rained out.


But, as with everything else, she sat her sights on the next big thing. This time it was the Miss Panama pageant.


Saturday night she walked across the stage to compete in the Little Miss division. She said she wanted to compete to show people that just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be like everyone else, and follow your dreams.


As she walked across the stage her gait was a little different from the other girls. She has a bit of a noticeable limp, and her arm draws up slightly by her side because of her injury. However, her smile and confidence seemed to lift her across the floor, and were stronger than most of the other kids. That smile grew even larger when she saw me sitting in the corner of the stage running sound and working the curtain. She forgot that she was supposed to be working the crowd long enough to give me a wave.


I wasn’t the only one that she made feel special that night though. She was the only girl to receive a standing ovation.


Oh, did I mention, she won her division?


Patience is the epitome of what I preach every week. You can’t stop anyone if they are determined to achieve their dreams. The only thing holding someone with a disability back is themselves.


Congratulations Patience.

 

 

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