Personal Stories of Strength & Hope

"Because ALL of us are unique individuals with great potential for health, well-being and fulfillment." - The Advocates Way


By Lori Newell

Spirit 17

I think in my whole life's time, I've never stopped fighting for what I believe in. If I did, I don't know where I'd be right now. I would be in Cognito, probably. The reason I say this is because I've basically lived it on a whim and a prayer. My life has had it's upside down, inside outs, and all the in betweens that come with it. Yet, I have fought it all, good or bad. The greatest in in my life have been my mother, whom is also my best friend, my hero and the wind beneath my wings, my father, who keeps me laughing, but still has a serious side, but not always.

My brother whom has the kindest heart, and my house manger, whom really cares, from the bottom of hr heart. You see, I have Prader Willi like syndrome that I developed from the brain tumor that I was diagnosed with at age five and a half. I also have depression, P.T.S.D, and problems with my eyesight from the brain tumor. But, I never let this top me from trying my best to do the things I really want to do in life. Yet, God has given me the strength to keep on fighting. My belief is that he put me on this earth for one reasons. I don't know what the reason is, and I don't think I'm ever going to stop trying to find out. Yes, there is a change that I may never find out, but at least I have the strength in my heart everyday, to keep on trying. I have never given up on fighting against the things that bother me most. These things are child abuse, war, hatred and the economy.

I don't believe the strength comes from my arms or legs, but from my heart. I look at my life now and I thank God for putting me into Advocates to get the support and help I need. My house manager puts her heart and soul into her work. She cares a lot about us, in more ways than just one. My family also means a lot to me too. They have been there for me, through the think and the thin of it all, and this means more to me than life itself. It's always nice to know that there is a shoulder to lean on. And last I care about myself, more than I ever thought I would. Sometimes I get stressed or depressed, but I always manage to pull myself back up. If I wasn't able to do this, I would probably have given up a long time ago. But if I give up, I won't have anything to work for. You see, Advocates Inc put a lot of strength back in to me, that I didn't think I'd ever see again.

My hopes and dreams have always been for world peace and no more child abuse. These will always be my biggest hopes, along with concentrating on my own problems too. I wrote a quote last year that was specified for every special needs person in this world. It goes as follows: "I am who I am, that's all I can be, I am who I am, I'm me". Thank you for listening, peace to you all.