Karissa’s story

One of my favorite songs goes like this, ‘’if I told you my story you would hear hope and a life that wasn’t mine and if I told you my story you would hear love that never gave up!” So hear it is January 6, 1998 there were two young parents getting ready to have their first born. Everything thing was fine until the delivery, she wouldn’t come out and her heart started to drop. They had to knock the young mother out and get to the tiny baby. The young father held his blue little girl quickly before she went to the NICU where she spent 16 days.

 

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Given no hope, at 6 months fears became a reality when the doctor looked the young couple in the eye and said their baby had a life-long condition called Cerebral Palsy. This condition is caused by lack of oxygen to the brain during or shortly after birth. This has affected me in the following ways; I wobble when I walk, my speech is delayed, I have trouble grasping, and my balance is off. I have had seven surgeries to help me walk independently, and completed many hours of speech, physical, and occupational therapy.

Cerebral Palsy has not stopped me from enjoying friends, completing school, laughing, showing other people love, taking pictures, shopping, dancing, and writing. I’m also applying for jobs!
Although I have struggled since birth I have always had a contagious smile on my face and inspired many!

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Living Out Loud (LOL) Mini Winter Session

Stay warm this winter with more programs!
Join the Students of Towson University in a winter session of Living Out Loud (LOL) (Baltimore County) this February!

Join students from the Occupational Therapy Department of Towson University for Living Out Loud (LOL) this winter in Baltimore County.

The Living Out Loud program is a designed to highlight specific skills for increased independent living through recreational experiences implemented by the students of the Occupational Therapy Department of Towson University.
Join the Students from Towson University 
in a mini winter session of 
Living Out Loud (LOL) 
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT UNLIKE IMAGE CONNECT EVENTS THE LIVING OUT LOUD (LOL) PROGRAM SESSIONS ARE FACILITATED SOLELY BY THE STUDENTS OF TOWSON UNIVERSITY. ANY PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN FOR THESE SPECIFIC EVENTS. 
 
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY ANY SESSIONS OF IMAGE CONNECT AND IS STRICTLY A LIVING OUT LOUD EVENT, HOWEVER, IMAGE IS HAPPY TO COLLABORATE THIS WINTER OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS. 
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Upcoming Events:
The IMAGE Center in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Department of Towson University . invites you to join in a brief winter session of Living Out Loud (LOL). The Living Out Loud program works to promote opportunities for participants to informally meet alongside Towson students to participate in inclusive events and happenings in and around the community designed to address vital skills for independent living.
Upcoming Living out Loud (LOL) events: 
 
Wednesday, February 8th 6-8pm
Wednesday, February 15th 6-8pm 
Wednesday, March 1st 6-8pm 
ALL LIVING OUT LOUD program locations are TBD by the group and will occur in Towson (Baltimore County).
Register Here