Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Faces of Spina Bifida: Meet Tanner

Tanner

Tanner is 7 years old and the oldest of my 2 sons. His level of lesion is L3. Tanner loves wheelchair basketball, adaptive surfing, and handcycling. He is super smart, one of the top students in 2nd grade at his school!

How does Tanner describe himself?
"I'm big T! Super strong and super awesome!"

What does Tanner love about himself?
"I like my wheelchair! Not many kids have one, and it helps me keep up with my friends. I love how smart I am and that I do a good job in school."

What makes Tanner awesome?"I am super strong, amazing, and kind. I can do what I want, it just might be in a different way. I'm awesome because I am, ME!"

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first heard the SB diagnoses?
"As a parent, I wish I would have known how great Tanner would be. That having a child with "extras" and one that uses a wheelchair, is NOT the end of the world. That having a special needs child IS doable. That doctors DO NOT know everything. That I would have a great support group, and I would not be alone."


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