For years, people have told me that I need to share my story. I could be an inspirational speaker. For years I have avoided this.
I knew I could. Physically. I’d already written a book about my experience growing up with a curvature of the spine called #scoliosis and had spoken about it. But that was in the past. I wrote about it to close that chapter of my life and move on. I’m proud to tell you that that book is still helping teens nationwide!
But I’ve grown up since then. I’ve overcome many more life experiences that I have yet to reveal in much detail until now. A glimpse: my grandmother’s Alzheimer’s, online dating, marrying the wrong guy, having children with additional needs, deciding to divorce in the middle of it all, and waiting several years to try dating again in my forties. Yeah, I said it.
Life literally handed me a bowl of poo. But that’s the point. I didn’t cry about it. Okay, maybe I did a little, but a good cry is necessary. One thing I’ve found is #caregivers and #specialneeds parents are so busy taking care of everyone else that they don’t cry enough in private. The long, cleansing kind of cry. So do it. But when the tears are gone, that’s it. You’ve got to pick yourself up and #keepgoing. You can do it. I know you can! We can!
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Michelle Spray is the author of Growing Up with Scoliosis, and several children’s books including Like Everyone Else, a story about differences, to teach empathy and inclusion in the classroom: www.amazon.com/Michelle-Spray/e/B001K8WEBE
Michelle’s book about her grandmother’s journey with Alzheimer’s is COMING SOON! www.facebook.com/LostMemoriesFoundHope Stay tuned!