Sunday, February 23, 2014

I love high school!

I love high school so much! The people who work at my school are so open to me. So many people work so hard for me to have everything I need for school. I have been making new friends. I am in this awesome club called Team Polaris that is for kids with special needs and kids who don't have special needs. We do stuff together, like last night a bunch of us went out for dinner and to a dance at our school. The kids and teachers in this club are all so awesome, it is so fun! 

My point is that it doesn't matter if you are disabled, you still can be accepted. Everyone is so nice and respectful to each other. This club has made my social skills better. My classes are all going well, too. I have a lot of homework sometimes, but I am getting through it! 

Guess what? I am turning 15 this week! I hope that it will be Spring SOON! I am getting tired of all this snow around here.
Later dudes and dudettes...Jack

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I do what I can do

     In my life, I try to do everything I can. There are some things that I can't do. There's a ton of stuff I CAN do. I can hang out with my friends, do donuts in my wheelchair, eat donuts in my wheelchair. I can laugh, cry, pray.
     Savor every moment that is good in your life. Love your friends and your family. Being perfect doesn't buy you happiness. 
See you later dudes and dudettes,
Jack
   

Sunday, September 22, 2013

High school so far

     I'm sorry it's been so long since I had a new entry! Guess what? I'm in High School! I just started my Freshman year and I was on the Homecoming Court! I was so excited to be picked by my classmates. This week was Homecoming and it was so fun. See, anyone can do stuff like that. I'm lucky to have a lot of friends and the kids at school treat me really well. I feel like a rock star sometimes when everybody says hi to me. I wish everyone in my school was treated that way. I know there are kids who are bullied and kids who feel like they don't have any friends. I don't understand why kids can be so nice to me and not be nice to everyone.
      My school has this awesome club called Team Polaris. It is a club for kids with Special needs and kids without special needs to hang out together and be social. It is so great. I have met a lot of new friends in this group.
     Coming soon... a new post about a new topic! Ha ha!
Later... Jack

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Be Yourself!


I know it's hard not to try to be someone else. Don't be afraid to just be you. Your true friends will like you no matter what. They won't see your disability, they just see you. I learned that the hard way. In seventh grade, it was really hard because sometimes at lunch kids would ignore me a lot. I wanted to be friends with some of those kids so bad. I started doing a small group lunch and it was awesome. I could actually have conversations. I've learned what real friends are. I used to think everyone who was nice to me was my friend, but now I know that some kids are just people you know.

You have to identify the characteristics of a person before making a friend.  A friend is always there for you. Real friends can be trusted and will tell you the truth. So don't try to act a certain way just to be friends with someone you think is cool. BE YOURSELF. Anyone who doesn't think you're cool enough was never your friend anyway.

Guess what? My blog has a FACEBOOK page!

I have CP. So what, I'm still awesome
LIKE ME!
I already have 100 likes!
Later,
Jack

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Friends and Summer!

Disabled people can still have a great summer. I've been frustrated because so much of my summer is at physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy and appointments! I've been extremely busy. I've made time to hang out with some of my friends, though. I've already been to Kansas to hang out with my cousins and will be going to Iowa later this month. 

I am so lucky to have some really good friends, especially Jake and Tyson. I have a lot of really great friends. They treat me like everyone else. We laugh a lot and most of my friends like to tease my sister and that is fun to watch! Friends are one of the highlights of summer. Sometimes I miss school, but when I see my friends I feel all better. Disabled kids need friends to get through tough times. Not just friends, good friends.  I guess everyone needs that. Summer isn't good without good friends. I really want to go fishing with some of my friends this summer. I hope I get to. My parents say I need an adult to be with me and I hate that. I won't fall in the water!

 I'm getting a lot stronger. I still have to use a g-tube, but I have been able to eat a bunch of stuff! It's sooo good to eat again! In August, I will have another swallowing study. Hopefully, I will get permission to eat whatever I want! 

A special shout-out to Carter, who commented on my last post. He is an awesome kid and he is a lot like me (awesome). He's got a positive attitude and you know I love that!

Later,
Jack

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tough times


     I have had a a chaotic couple of months! My body was so tight. I was having really severe, painful spasms in my whole body. I ended up having surgery on my head and neck for Chiari Malformation. That has nothing to do with my CP. I was in ICU for a week and in the hospital for two weeks. Now I am staying at Marianjoy rehabilitation hospital because my muscle tone had decreased so much that I was having trouble swallowing and I couldn't even drive my wheelchair. I am not allowed to eat anything by mouth right now. I had to have surgery to get a G Tube (that's a feeding tube). It's really hard to cope with that, because I love eating! I told my therapists that my teeth are bored. Although, I know some people are going through so much worse times like the people in Oklahoma. 

     I am feeling a little homesick tonight.  My parents have helped me a lot because one of them is always here with me. My mom is trying to get me to switch beds with her, but that couch doesn't look comfortable so I'll stay in my amazing bed with the special mattress. It is sooooo comfortable, I love it!  My conscience tells me to pray every day that I will get my regular life back again.  Always don't wallow in self pity. Just try to tough it out. It will make things a whole lot better. Every person has a lot of rough times, you are not the only one. 
Later,
Jack

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Subbing for Jack...

Hello to Jack's readers. I am Jack's mom. He hasn't been able to post lately, because he's in the hospital. In addition to his Cerebral Palsy, he has Chiari Malformation, and had to have surgery to relieve pressure on his brain stem. He is doing well, slowly making progress. I am sure he will be posting soon. Thank you!