I’m not broken.

And this is me. The real me. The person not everyone sees.

I sometimes go to sleep way too late. My favorite food is sushi and pizza and I love my 3 brothers with all my heart.

My dog is my favorite and I love the sky.

I want to be a Child Life Specialist and I love kids.

In some aspects I’m just as I always was as a little girl.

My favorite color is purple but sometimes I like blue more.

I live for Sunday morning breakfast and singing Taylor Swift in the car with my brothers.

I love to dance, even if no one else but me can hear the music.

I don’t claim to eat only kale and that I work out 24/7.

I’ll eat french fries from McDonald’s because you only really live once.

I’ll eat chips and cookies and sometimes I’d rather sleep than workout.

I used to be the shortest in my class but I’m 5’6 now.

I love donuts a whole lot and I’d eat them everyday if they weren’t horrible for you.

I have scars because I have a history.

And I sometimes talk too loud..

These are the things that I don’t think anyone remembers about me. I’m not a wheelchair. I’m not a disease. I’m not the 24 screws in my spine or the rods throughout my whole back. I’m not that “girl in a wheelchair”

I’m me. Alex. The 17 year old girl with a whole lot of baggage. I’m also pretty weird and geeky.

My whole life I’ve wanted people to see me. Not just glance at me.

Looking at me; you see a wheelchair. And I get it, but I’m so much more than that.

My wheelchair is my legs. It’s how I get around. Plain and simple. A chair with wheels.

Yeah, I get tired faster, and I have more pains than an average teenage girl but that’s really all that it is.

Don’t look at me like I’m broken. I’m actually more together than I’ve ever been.

I’m here to show you that against all odds that flowers grow in hell.

I’m more than what you see. I’m all my dreams and everything I aspire to be. I’m Alex. My name isn’t “that girl in the wheelchair” it’s Alex. Call me Alex.



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  1. Hey Alex, You are also that girl in 1st grade who made everyone giggle by acting silly without (so you thought) the teacher ever knowing. 😊💗

  2. I see you, Alex. I see who you are. I see you, girl. I see that you are awesome. I see you are an amazing writer. I see you are a complete human being. I see you are an expression of the universe in bloom.

  3. Alex,

    I don’t know you, but I do know your grandparents. Your grandmother, Geneva, (Rita Hines – my sister) and I grew up together. I have been reading your posts and are so moved and impressed with you. I just had to tell you that. You are a courageous young women and a great inspiration to many. God bless you!


  4. You will not believe how long I have been waiting to say this but even after all these years I am so proud of the strong woman I always knew you would be im here if you ever want to contact me
    Jordan Rivera the guy who cares about you

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