The turning point in my life came when I was going for a ride with my father. One of my greatest pleasures in life is to get in a car and just ride, anywhere, everywhere. That day we happened to be admiring houses, and my father said, "It's a shame you can't walk, you would be able to get yourself a nice little apartment." I remember thinking, "Why should my disability stop me from getting a nice little apartment." My father wasn't being hurtful; he was just echoing the thoughts of society 20 years ago. What a long way we've come, society and me.
I was born with Muscular Dystrophy, which left me with very little muscular strength, so I have been and will be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. On that day my father unknowingly did the greatest thing he could have ever done for me, he made me realize that I had to get a life. When an opportunity arose to live in an apartment that was modified for people in wheelchairs, I immediately jumped at the chance. At that time (1981) it was unheard for someone as severely disabled as myself to live on their own. It was the hardest battle I ever fought, for not only did I have to convince my parents to let me go, I had to fight a society that considered me useless. I didn't know if I could manage on my own but I had to try. If I failed, so be it, at least I tried. Eighteen years later, I am still living in the apartment for which I fought so hard.
eUrotic TV Kristina since then, I have graduated from college with a Bachelor's Degree, served on the Governor's board for the disabled and have had my articles and poems published. I have always been a passionate race fan and I have always wanted to be able to combine the two things I love most in the world -- racing and writing. The Internet
has given me that opportunity; it has opened up a world, which puts me on an even playing ground with everybody else, where my disability is taken out of the equation. When I am on the Internet, I can walk. No -- I can fly!