I was born premature with Cerebral Palsy, I have some difficulty speaking at times, a zero sense of balance, my body does not cooperate with my mind and I am a quadriplegic.
Then at the age of forty-two, I fell off my crutches in the bathroom and broke my neck.
Many PhD's and MD's said I would be lucky to graduate from high school because of my physical and mental ability. At birth, I did not get enough oxygen
to my brain, causing my Cerebral Palsy.
But after years and years of hard work at the age of thirty-one, I earned my Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Education and graduated with honors. Plus, I have a post Graduate School Internship, counseling residents in a 250 person nursing home, while using my crutches and leg braces to walk with.
Presently, I enjoy writing and now havimg my autobiography published titled, "Tie My Shoes." The computer helps keep my mind busy.
IBO has benefited me in numerous ways, IBO has opened my mind, eyes and heart in meeting people from around the world and makes my day a little better.
Everything comes fairly difficult for me but I try very, very hard to do everything, to the best of my ability.
Lonnie E. Shipe, M.A.