This is my little sister, Devry. Devry means the world to me; she’s my best friend and I love her so much. (We’re watching Tangled together right now). When Devry was born, she was born with meningocele (Spina Bifida) - it’s a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal don’t close before birth.
I don’t really remember the night Devry was born but I remember being scared that my mom had to be taken to a hospital in our states capital…I was a little bit mad though it went away the moment I met her. She’d had many surgeries in the first weeks of life yet she was still small and beautiful.
Devry will turn eight years old in October and she still can’t walk… her wheelchair is beastly; it has flashing lights in the wheels. She’s a cool kid so she does wheelies and all that…she’s smiley and happy and pretty much the sweetest kid I’ve ever met.
My brother is a really sporty kid and I’m not…I think my parents wanted me to be the matching sporty daughter though I turned out to be an artist. I’m not saying they don’t care…I’m just saying they probably wished for the rest of the package. I’m a little socially awkward but I guess that’s normal. Devry is about as sporty as it gets; she’ll hold a worm, kiss a frog, catch a fish. She has a better throwing arm than I ever did. She’s super smart and has great handwriting…I’m giving her lessons and I’m pretty sure she’ll be an amazing artist some day. She’s kind of shy too but the world loves her.
The thing is, our town is small and we don’t have the best opportunities for her. Actually, she can’t even play on the school playground because of the way it’s set up. We (my family) is fighting to get playgrounds and the rest of the town wheelchair accessible so that she can enjoy life the way she deserves (as well as other children future and present with disabilities).
I’d appreciate it if you’d reblog this - be aware that the world isn’t as free as you think it is. The next time you go to the movies, look and see: is there a ramp? Our town has a steep curb. When you go on a school trip are you sitting on a lonely ‘disabilities’ bus or are you with all your friends? When you played on the playground at school were you out playing with the other kids or did you have to sit and watch? So please, reblog and help get the need for wheelchair accessible facilities out there. She deserves to have every happiness she can get.