Since I attended my first SB&H meeting in Toronto as a 19 year old Brock Music major from Niagara on the Lake, my life has grown and shifted in ways that I never could have imagined. I’ve conquered some incredibly steep and slippery slopes, and have been places and seen things that most people can only read about. I truly feel blessed, and overwhelmingly grateful.
Growing up with spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the spine, I was never physically active. I believed my disability excluded me from keeping fit. My peers would ridicule me in gym class because I could not keep up. Their mocking left me self-conscious.
At birth, Becky Attersley’s life expectancy was 13. Now 43, she has been through 63 surgeries and beat seemingly insurmountable odds to enjoy a fulfilling life, including marriage and motherhood. See how Becky has played the hand she was dealt and the nature of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
This is Claire. Our beautiful daughter. Our second born, planned for, always wanted and incredibly special little miracle. When people look at her they often don't even notice anything different about her because of her bright smile and fierce determination. The thing is though, she will always be a little different because she was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.