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Over the last couple of years I have grown so much physically, emotionally, and personally. I know I can conquer anything thrown my way with grace and dignity, and will succeed. This has been a big change for me, but a lesson that the horses have helped me learn as they truly accept me for who I am. With years of being made to feel insecure, less than, afraid by doctors and in the hospitals, I often detached from people and avoided certain situations. Having your body change so drastically from how you’re used to using it can be difficult to accept. Now that I’ve learned to accept myself and opened up to people, I find it hard not to smile. I try hard everyday to learn new things, and know it’s okay if I fail. I celebrate every little success and appreciate all the differences around me. I know it’s okay to be vulnerable, to be understood or misunderstood, ask questions, to feel my own fear and disappointment. Most importantly, I’m ready to get out there each day to reach and conquer new goals. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this journey.

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