Written by Leanna Mills - Blog Contributor
I have a disability called Parkinson’s disease and primary dystonia. When I was very young, I was told by the doctor that I shouldn’t be here.
I receive deep brain stimulation (DBS) via a rechargeable battery inside me that keeps me alive. I use a wheelchair to move around but often still need help. I communicate by body language and by slowly typing on my iPad. Here’s a picture of me below.
I’ve decided that I’m not going to sit around doing nothing. I am going to conquer my disability and live the best life I can by taking on and completing studies, including my High School Certificate (HSC) and a course in Information Technology at TAFE, as well as constantly learning and participating in new things.
Similar to the examples in the Here’s How You Can Too! Kid Entrepreneur and DIY Handykid books, I have set up an office in my bedroom with a big printer that I use to print newsletters. In addition, I also provide a service to fix technology goods, these include computers, phones, iPads and iPods. I reset and troubleshoot these items for a small fee. I post items for sale as well as advertise my technology repair service on Facebook and other sites/apps.
I would encourage all children including those with disabilities and special needs that they can be handy and/or run their own small business to provide some income and purpose. I believe it is important to let go and enjoy life, remembering you can do whatever you want to do if you set your mind to it. Being at home can be boring but there are lots of things you can still achieve. Don’t let your disability control your mind and allow your inner peace to help guide you through those bad days. Getting out with my family and friends and creating a positive environment allows me to have great days.
AFTERWORD – How I came to meet Leanna
Written by Daniel Seow – Founder
I was privileged to first meet Leanna after she applied for a job which I was advertising for. We met at a hospital in Sydney where she just had one of the many procedures in her life. Her mother told me she said these ones were more painful than either of the two brain surgeries she has undergone previously.
While she unfortunately did not suit the same city location requirement of the job, I was so impressed by her drive and positive attitude. I had to find a way to get her involved but in a way which could be done 100% remotely. This led to us discussing whether she would become a remunerated Blog Contributor for Here’s How You Can Too! (Hhyct)
At Hhyct, our culture is to be inclusive and socially minded. Our most recent book DIY Handykid introduced a new character, Pedro, who uses a wheelchair, while our upcoming book will introduce another new character, Suzie, who has a form of mental disability. Leanna reaching out to us really resonated with what Hhyct represents and we’re so proud that she accepted the offer to join the team as a Blog Contributor and Brand Ambassador, especially for those kids who love Pedro and Suzie.
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