Maysoon Zayid: 99 Problems…Palsy is Just One


I know it’s 14 minutes.  I KNOW.  But trust me?  Listen to it on your way to school pick up, while you’re folding laundry, or getting dressed.  You don’t have to watch.  Just hear her words.

 

“The doctors said that I wouldn’t walk.

But, I am here in front of you.

However, if I grew up with social media, I don’t think I would be.

I hope that together, we can create more positive images of disability in the media and everyday life.

Perhaps if there were more positive images, it would foster less hate on the internet.  Or maybe not.

Maybe it still takes a village to teach our children well.

 

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Yes, friends.

MORE LOVE.  LESS HATE.

Teach your children well.

And don’t be a jerk on the internet.

 

And to Maysoon, in the unlikely event you read this:

I know you said you aren’t inspirational.  I’ll let you own that.  But you give me Hope and make my mama’s heart sing.  So thank you.

And I apologize on behalf of the misguided, ignorant jerk with ugly prayers.  I can assure you that my friends and I pray to a God who teaches better than that.

 

 

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jeannett
I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.
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  1. 1

    Love.this. How great is she?! SO, so beautiful in every possible way. And darn funny too.

  2. 3
    Robin Canter says:

    Maysoon was marvelous. she is a definite inspiration and a lot of credit goes to her great parents. Awesome video.

  3. 4

    I tell my girls every day that God made us all different, and it is those differences that make us awesome. I emphasize that they are different too, and we may not understand what makes someone different from us, but we should respect those differences. It is the differences that makes us us.
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  4. 5

    This is great. She is great. Gonna share this one. My daughter is always talking about Hollywood and their not using disabled persons for parts. Makes her mad. I hope Maysoon reads this and you get to meet her someday. Love and hugs
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    A few years ago, HBO did a series called Brave New Voices, and it was about the youth poetry slam movement. One of the writers was from New York, and she had Cerebral Palsy. She wrote about it in her poem, “Crutches” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DenQShI2XTo This video is from her appearance at the Nationals, but in an earlier episode, she talked about how the poem also described one of her teammates, who was not physically handicapped, but imposed limitations on himself due to his background. It was a really moving scene (and the reason that her team is standing behind her with their hands raised in the video).
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    Thanks for sharing this Jeannette. On the one hand our son David experience so much love and kindness from so many people as he lives with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. I think some people would be surprised by looks and comments that still come his way–especially as we try to give him as normal a life as possible. We are all made in God’s image. That image is marred in each of us–some with our flaws more obvious than others. But when we recognize our common humanity, it frees us to value each other as much as we desire to be valued ourselves.
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  7. 8

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing, I will share it too.

  8. 9

    Well, that just made my week. Except for one thing. I thought recognition of people with disabilities was getting better. I guess, it is in MY world, but I, even at 36, live a pretty sheltered life full of mostly positive people. This year, the high school I went to, where my kids go to elementary chose two kids with disabilities to be their senior homecoming reps (they don’t do “king” and “queen”). Even though it is a Christian school, it NEVER would have happened in my day, I don’t think. And then the same thing happened in a local public high school here too. I was overjoyed.
    But anyway…Maysoon was awesome. I loved every one of those 14 minutes and I will share the heck out of it! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Awesome ! It’s a quick and enjoyable 14 minutes ! Thanks for sharing.

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