Hi, my name is Windsor Joye! I was born with epilepsy due to a malformation of the left side of my brain. When I was 11 years old, I had surgery to get rid of seizures forever, and it was successful. I have not had any seizures ever since the brain surgery on August 10, 2010! However, immediately after the surgery, I was completely paralyzed on my left side, and intense therapy began.
I have seen my progress growing fast over time. I am still learning the way around simple things, such as opening containers and other everyday problems, because I do not have much use of my left hand and arm. In fact, I still wear a wrist brace and leg brace. However, my parents found out about OneHandCan.com and it has been so helpful for me to find my way to do things that others can do but I cannot, like specialized kitchen supplies for cutting food and opening jars.
That is one reason why I love Camp ASCCA so much. They respect my disabilities and have found ways around them so I can do things I have never been able to do. I have always wanted to do a zipline, and I thought that would be my favorite activity at camp. But my favorite turned out to be tubing! Who knew I would ever be able to go tubing with only one hand to hold onto the tube?! Camp ASCCA not only makes the impossible possible, but also makes unknown dreams come true!
The other reason I love Camp ASCCA so much is the opportunity to learn about other people’s disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness and so many more! I have begun to study sign language because of one friend I met at Camp ASCCA in 2018. I love to learn about what makes each camper unique and how Camp ASCCA caters to and celebrates that uniqueness. I look forward to writing more about the Camp ASCCA experience and my own experiences in this blog.