Luckily for me, my destiny was changed in the best way possible. A lady who was well known in the foster care service was given a call and asked if she might be interested in meeting me. She agreed. The lady’s name was Lorraine Kramer. To me she became Mom because she brought me home. I became one of eight kids and watched as countless other foster kids came and went over the course of my life. I was part of a very busy family. But not only that, I had a future and a chance to discover who and what is really inside the Theresa Package.
With daily exercise and a lot of sweat and determination, I began to gain some much needed muscle control and a strong sense of, “I want!” At the age of four I was fitted for my first back brace and leg braces. At the age of six, I remember taking my first steps without the use of my crutches. Against all odds, I swallowed my fear of falling with my crutches (again). That day, I flatly refused to take hold of them. I took control and said with absolute certainty, “No! I will not! I will not! I will not!” Nobody could get me to walk with my canes.
It was the first of many new beginnings for me that day. I decided I’d had enough pain brought on by crashing to the floor while holding onto my crutches. There was plenty at risk for me to get seriously reprimanded for my loud and disruptive behavior, but I stood my ground and refused to do what all the specialists that day expected me to do. I was six years old when I took control of how things were going to get done. I stood my ground and in doing so, I took my first few steps towards my own independence. I have had to do many things my way throughout my life in order to get what I needed to get done. My “Can Do” attitude has served me well throughout my life. It has led me to where I am today. I am a college graduate, a good wife, a great and proud mother, (I had a healthy miracle baby). I am a writer, artist and a speaker who knows what it’s like break every medical and social obstacle put in front of me.
Today, I give talks to companies who are looking for ways to inspire and motivate their employees. I share personal challenges that could have ‘shut me down’but where I chose to rework the situation or
problem and simply figure out how to get what needed to be done,done!”
Critical thinking is a powerful skill that everybody needs to develop. I have countless experiences with having to problem solve on a minute to minute, moment to moment basis, which I shares openly with my audiences.
“The answer isn’t, “I can’t” but rather, “How can I?” “It’s about figuring out a way that works for you.”
It’s exhausting to “act normal” but that’s what I did for nearly four decades. People constantly worry about being singled out or misjudged. It becomes a mental anchor that holds good people back from discovering their full potential. I know what it’s like to constantly have to prove to the world at large and to myself that, “I can do it, I just have to figure out how.” If you or your business would like to have me come speak, please contact me.