I was a Special Olympics Athlete for about 14 years.
It was, is something I kinda hide and don’t really like to talk about cause I feel like the world, possible employers will look down on me :/
I attended a Special Education school from birth all the way through high-school. During preschool I attended a special education class at a elementary school 30mins from my house. Then when I became kindergarten age I attended a school for children with special needs ( like autism,downs syndrome, and cerebral palsy) for 15 years.
Why? I know your asking your self..
When I was born I was born 3 months early, just about 3lbs, and some of my organs were undeveloped. I had blood in or around my spinal cord ( i dont remember which was bad), which doctors said I would be able to walk from. I had fluid on the brain (what fluid? I don’t remember) but it cause my brain to swell and they had to drill my skull to drain the fluid off my brain. Doctors said would make non-verbal.
So, here is this baby with wires coming all off of him, 3lbs, and won’t be able to talk or walk; CONGRATS IT’S A BOY!
With all that information my family received they sought help from professionals on what to do.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t talk or walk till I was three? Idk I’ll have to get back to you on that.
I was very social when I first started school. I didn’t talk to any one and if someone wanted to asked me something and better have been a “yes” or “no” question.
During my middle school age I was asked during my IEP meeting if I wanted to be “mainstreamed” , I sat and thought about for just a sec and the first person to pop into my head was my best friend (first, and forever), I couldn’t think of not waking up and being around people who knew me since I was so young I thought about how I might fall behind, how I would go back into that “shell” I worked so hard to get out of. So my answer was simple “no”.
During highschool, leaving the school never crossed my mind not one bit but what did was how was I to get a job with this “special education” labeled right on my forehead? It was all I could think about. I deiced to make friends outside the “special education” circle , just so I could feel what the world considered “normal”.
It was so hard to talk about anything with anyone who wasn’t from my school or from the Special Olympics. I felt like I didn’t know anything, like I was dumb..(not saying that people from S.O. are but that I could relate to people who weren’t around “special” group). I got many weird looks when I would talk to people and I would just play it off as a joke or as if I was tired or something; anything.
I could write forever..
Put all that on top of the fact that I was gay up until I realized I’m pansexual; JUST ONE BIG STRESS PARTY in my brain.
Here are some pictures of fun times I had doing Special Olympics.
( I did inline speed skates, not roller but that was the team name)
I’m not sure if I plan to be an Athlete anymore, but I’m always happy to cheer on another friend..
This was kinda my “Coming Out Story for a Different Secrete”