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By exceeding my life expectancy, I’ve become a model for other Black disabled women

After listening to a podcast about how we come to understand ourselves, I reflected on how, as a disabled person, I have lived beyond all expectations for my life. In fact, since I turned 38, I have lived exactly 30 years past the life expectancy handed down to me by an orthopedist.

The doctor told my grandmother that I would not make it beyond 8 years old. I can only imagine her reaction to hearing such news. Now that she has passed, I look back at the life she gave me, and I know that the uncertainty of my mortality undeniably influenced the unwavering care, love, protection, and intention she bestowed upon me.