This article received second place first person feature in the 2011 NAA Foundation Youth Content Awards. It was originally published in the January 2010 issue of FlipSide magazine.
By Katie Hubbard, George Washington High School
"I would rather die than be in a wheelchair."
This is exactly what I heard one day recently while sitting in English class. It was pretty obvious the student was talking about me since he kept glancing in my direction.
I commonly feel like an outsider when I push myself down the hallway at school. The key is learning to deal with my disability. So what if I'm different?
I have been in a wheelchair since I was 5 years old due to a car accident. Being young, adjusting to life in a wheelchair was pretty easy.
Growing up in my hometown, it wasn't difficult to adjust to the situation either, since everyone knew my story. However, when I moved to Charleston, everything seemed to change. I felt as if people looked at me as if I was from another planet.