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A Voice Forever This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     The normal person wakes up in the morning and greets the new day. I wake up in the morning and greet the pain. My name is Aaron and I have cerebral palsy. I am in pain every morning and when I walk. A year ago I decided I wanted to write for people who have this lifelong condition like me. I want to give them a voice. I want to give them hope. My high-school life was hell, in all honesty. People made fun of me, tripped me in the halls just to get a laugh, which made me develop a deep dislike for others. I never will understand why some people are so cruel to those who are different.

One day my mother sat me down. She wanted me to look past my pain and see that others like me were suffering too. I talked with my English teacher who gave me some advice I will never forget: “Words spoken can be taken back while words written are forever.” With that, I decided I would write. I would make use of my hate. I would give people like me a voice, a way to fight back without violence, but, more importantly, I would give them hope.

I am writing this in hope that you will read it and see that those with problems suffer, and if you make fun of them (even if it’s a joke) you increase their suffering. I want to tell those who have lifelong conditions that you are no different from anyone on this earth. You are the strongest person on this planet, maybe not physically, but in mental will - the will to keep fighting and never to give up no matter what the odds. This voice I give you will last forever, and just like us, it will never stop fighting.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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ramberryshakes said...
Jul. 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm
that was beautiful . thank you so much . and yes , words written do last forever . i say you should print  copies of this , hand them out to strangers . this message really does need to come out . if you'd like , i'd love to do it with you , in my own neighborhood . why ? because i really want this to be projected . once again , thanks so much for doing this , you are great no matter the condition . (:
 
dannie Marie said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm
I really like what you written, i really think it is very disrespect for how those people treated you, and on there be half i am sorry that they did that to you. you are very inspirational. i'm deaf and i have seizures and i am also bipolor so i know what it is like to get mad fun of.
 
Deliah This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 11:32 pm
seems like something you'd read in chicken soup...i like it!
 
wingedgirl4eva said...
Dec. 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm
Hey, great job! So inspirational! I hate those people who discriminate against people who are different. You are an awesome, inspiring writer. Keep writing!
 
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