My name is Abigail Cooley. I like fashion, arts, and the beautiful outdoors. Every day I live a normal life like everyone else, but the one thing that makes me different from everyone is my disability…my hearing impairment. I was diagnosed at the age of two with severe to profound hearing loss. Growing up was hard. Everyone was not very accepting of who I was, including myself. I was called weird, a freak, and many other names I lost count of. Every night, I would ask myself and ask God:

“Why me?”

“Why do I have a disability?”

“What is my purpose?”

It took me years to finally accept who I am. It took me years to realize that I am more than my disability. Just because you have a disability doesn’t make you an outcast, it makes you ORIGINAL. Also, I would like to add that you should fight for what you want. Don’t let your disability limit the things you want to do or the person you want to be. You are able. You are capable. You are so worth loving, disability and all.