I am a person. I am not just the sum of my behaviors or the result of all of my mistakes. I matter. I will never fit into your mold or the box you keep trying to put me into. I will never be anyone but who I am. I am ME and I am important. I may have a ton of acronyms attached to my medical chart. I may never be able to be an independent person but I won’t be dependent either. I matter and don’t you dare try to act like I don’t. I have people who love me and just by loving me they are not a saint or an angel. They are just smarter than you and their eyes work. They see me and all of the things that matter. They know I have my very own abilities and gifts. They may not be what society values but I value them and so do my loved ones. I am not deaf or blind and I see and hear your opinion. I am more than capable of having opinions of my own.
I am a person who will always live with the affects of being prenatally exposed by alcohol. Don’t you start judging me or my birth mom. I love her and she loves me. See me. See what I can offer to this world and know that no matter what else I am I am a child.