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Teri Lynn: Advocate For Iowans with Disabilities

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- It was after some 35 years that Teri Lynn Jorgensen spina bifida had worsened to the point where she really need to use a wheel chair just to get around. But, that also brought Teri to a whole new revelation and admission in her own life.

Teri Lynn says, "It took many, many, many years for me to actually accept me for me.  And, a lot of things have changed in my life since I have accepted me for me."

 "Being on the radio every day, a lot of people don't realize that I am in a wheelchair. And, you don't see me that often. So, it can be kind of surprising to some people."

When her spina bifida worsened about 8 years ago, Teri underwent two major back surgeries; one to de-tether her spinal cord--she began using the wheelchair and began to take a closer look at her life.

"I think for the longest time, I hid behind this microphone. I hid behind this microphone  because, behind this microphone, nobody could see me. I could be whatever I wanted to be what, and portray that.  And, it was kind of one morning when I woke up, and I thought, you know, why. It doesn't have to be that way. Having a disability. That's not bad. Using in a wheelchair to get around.  That's not bad. That's not a bad thing. It's just me. It's just the different ways that I get around."

Teri advocates for other disabled Iowans and promotes local services available in the Cedar Valley, including the NE Iowa Center for Independent Living www.blackhawkcenter.org.

Watch the video story.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

 

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