My name is Amanda Power. Grandview has been a part of my life since I was 13 months old. I was referred to Grandview after I had a seizure that affected my left side. I was diagnosed as having Spastic left hemiparesis cerebral palsy.
I began my long wonderful journey with Grandview participating in speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy sessions. What I remember the most about all of these group sessions was the therapists friendliness, positivity and encouragement. With their help I always believe anything is possible. Looking back at my speech therapy sessions, my family laughs because they remember when they couldn’t wait until I could talk. I was over 3 years old before I started talking and I haven’t stopped talking since.
Grandview’s occupational therapists and physiotherapists have helped me a lot with strengthening my left side. I have been involved in the Botox clinic since I was 2 years old. I received injections in my hand and calf to help relax my muscles so that, through therapy, I can make my muscles stronger. The older I got the more I understood how Botox affected my muscles. I am now able to make my own decision knowing when the Botox has worn off and it is time for another injection.
It is not always easy to fit in with other kids but with the help of the Grandview Social Worker, I was able to build my confidence and to realize my strengths. It was social worker who introduced me to Windreach Farm where I began horseback riding lessons at the age of ten. Riding horses has definitely changed my life, both physically and mentally. I have become stronger and more confident.
In 2012 I was honored to receive a VIP trip donated to Grandview through General Motors of Canada to the Paralympic Summer Games in London, England. This wonderful gift from Grandview has inspired me to work towards becoming a Paralympian in Para-Equestrian Dressage. I hope to one day represent Canada in the Paralympics.
Grandview has given me so much in my life. Through their programs they have taught me how to live my life to the fullest. Grandview has always been able to provide excellent support and advice throughout my years. I am currently in a transition program with Grandview to help me into adulthood. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me. My success in life is credited to all the help I have received from Grandview.
I am truly grateful to all the people who have inspired and guided me throughout my years at Grandview.
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