A woman with cerebral palsy has spoken out about her life and revealed how she managed to break the boundaries and become a wife and a supermom.
Watch Supermom With Cerebral Palsy Enjoy Her Life!
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Proving people wrong, 36-year-old Valerie Lawrence from Peoria, Arizona, managed to create a family of her own even though doctors told her she would never be able to have kids after she was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at the age of just 17 months old.
“I’ve always been really hard-headed and strong. I knew what I wanted in life and I made it happen. People said I would never be able to be a mother, drive, live on my own, be a wife, or be a real estate agent. I’m proving every single one of those people wrong,” the real-estate agent said in an interview with Barcroft TV.
“I did face bullying as a child. Kids made fun of me because I used a walker to get around and then I converted to crutches and a wheelchair. So they would make fun of me for being in a wheelchair.
“I learned how to drive in high school and I had to go to a special school to learn. But I drove with hand controls and they made fun of me for that. They said I shouldn’t be driving.
“I did defend myself and say comments right back. But it doesn’t take the pain away from being bullied as a child.”
Despite all the harassment accompanied by countless surgeries, the brave woman kept on pushing, determined to follow a path of her own.
“I’ve faced a lot of challenges. If I’m out in public with my children, I don’t know if it’s negativity or curiosity, but I get a lot of stares, a lot of questions. We just keep going, we get through it,” she added.
As Valerie explained, she married Trey, a South African man who arrived in the States on a fiancé visa.
“She is amazing. I tell her every day just how proud I am of what she’s doing with her life. When we first started talking, she wasn’t sure that she was able to do a lot of things that she’s doing now,” Trey said of her wife.
“And right now she does literally everything: gets the kids ready in the morning, takes them to school while I’m working, goes to work. I’m really proud of her.”
Encouraging others with cerebral palsy to stand their ground when they face bullies, Valerie also launched her own YouTube channel.
“For anybody that’s struggling with CP, I want you to look at me and know anything you want in life is possible,” she added.
“It’s not easy. You have to work at it every single day. But never ever give up on yourself. Don’t give up on your life. You’re beautiful, you’re incredible, you’re worth everything. Just never ever give up.”
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