I just finished watching a movie that has made my heart so glad. It is A Test of Love. It is the true story of Annie McDonald who was born and lived most of her childhood in an institution for the profoundly retarded in Australia. Because she couldn’t speak or walk she couldn’t prove her intellect until someone gave her choices. She changed the lives of many people because she was given the freedom to communicate through Rosemary Crossley who was hired to work in the institution.
Today, I am able to communicate because of those two women who fought for me and others like me before I was even born. It is not impossible to believe, when people are willing. It requires so little of people to believe. It makes the hearts of my mom and me very glad today that there are others who have been willing to fight battles that seem impossible because of love.
I am so sad for the children that lived in those hospitals. They died making no difference in this world, because they weren’t given opportunities to become who God created them to be. It doesn’t seem right that they needed to die to get their freedom. I am so glad today for the people who have given me freedom in this life. I have some work to do. I hope that before I die, there are more people who will open their minds and hearts and see that girls with Rett Syndrome are people who have intelligence and just have a lack of ability to communicate. We are not ignorant.
My Mom and I have faced many people who don’t believe that. I am so fortunate that my Mom knows who I am. My step-dad has been so open to me. When the days are hard I give my love to them because that is all I can do. If Rett girls could only love in this world, it would be a better place. We are here for now ,and we love.
I feel peace