My name is Rachael Ransom. I’m a writer, filmmaker, singer/songwriter, blogger, wannabe boxer and cerebral palsy warrior. Born three months premature and weighing 1lb 12 ounces, I had a slim chance of survival. Now, twenty three years later, I can tell you that I’m alive and on a mission to fight the stigmas that surround disabilities of all levels of severity.
In all honestly, I think that having cerebral palsy is a real gift. It’s given me the chance to have a different perspective on life. I’ve learned to have empathy and compassion for others, to work hard and earn my successes. But, on the other hand – I’m the most stubborn person I’ve ever met, and I have a strange need to push away help even if I know I need it sometimes. It’s this relentless drive to prove to myself over and over that I’m capable, despite the fact that deep down I know I’m so much more than capable.
Some people prefer not to identify as disabled, believing that the word puts too much emphasis on the dis– rather than the abled. Personally, I’m ready to take back that word, to own it, and make it mine again. Yes, I am disabled. I deal with daily challenges that many don’t understand…
I know that there are many people out in the world who understand my obstacles with mild CP, and others who have challenges that I could not comprehend. This is why I believe that we should band together and create a space where we can use our creativity to initiate conversations about disability. Conversations lead to education, which will then place us on a path towards real, tangible change.
If you’re reading this, I want you to know that I wholeheartedly admit that I’m no expert; the words you are absorbing right now are based on my own experiences. One thing I’ve learned and deeply believe in, is that adaptability is the key to success. I have lived by that statement my entire life, I and truly think that everyone who walks this earth has their own set of trials and tribulations they face each day.
My goal for this blog is participation. I want to hear exactly what you think about what you read on this page. I want every single person who leaves a comment to feel valued, respected, and above all, heard. Feel free to respond however you feel most comfortable – are you a visual artist? Fantastic, leave a comment with a painting, drawing or sculpture in response. Are you a writer? I’m ready to read all your poems, short stories, and screenplays.
I’ll leave you with this question: What do you want to change about the way others view disability, and why?
Comment below to start our conversation, create community, and take a step towards change. I want you to use your voice, and I’m here to let you know that you are heard.