Major Business background in college, Masters Degree in Counseling Education with a Practicum and Internship experience.
Born with Cerebral Palsy and spinal cord injury C-6, neck in 1994.
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Lonnie E. Shipe Motivator
“Tie My Shoes”, is a story about Lonnie E. Shipe, my life. Born premature with cerebral palsy, living and functioning in a normal society while attending a public school system. Battling the struggles with leg braces, crutches and a “funny voice” and trying to be “normal” when my body, was far from normal.
Some educators and medical doctors had little hope of me succeeding through school. As one medical doctor stated, when I was in the ninth grade, “This will be Lonnie's last year of school, C. P.'ers only go to the ninth grade.”
With my dreams, hope, faith in God and the attitude my mother gave me in my childhood, “Can't never did anything, try and try again,” And working hard against the odds of physical barriers, the educational system and others for nearly a decade, to earn my Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Counseling Education, with a post Graduate School Internship in Counseling Education.
Then adding to this struggle, “to just belong” I fell off my crutches and broke my neck. Life seemed to be ten times more difficult, in a millisecond.
The struggles of dating, sexuality, self-worth, depression, suicidal thoughts, to a wonderful marriage, a beautiful daughter and two grandsons. All of this because my mother kept repeating, “try and try again.”
With my desire to help inspire someone, sometime, somewhere, somehow, hopefully my writing will do so.
Lonnie E. Shipe