If I didn’t have a disability things would be different.

Brittany K.

My name is Brittany K.  I graduated from high school from Grundy Center in 2004, 10 years ago now.  But I went to a lot of different schools.  I went to school in Colorado until I was eight, then I went to Dike and Aplington and Parkersburg, too.  I am smart.  But I can be stubborn.  School was hard sometimes because people and even some teachers called me names and made fun of me.

I moved from Colorado when I was 8 because my grandparents are from here.  My parents live in Reinbeck and my mom manages the steakhouse there.  I worked there sometimes.  Right now I live in Cedar Falls and my roommate is Jessica.

I have two brothers and one sister and lots of nieces and nephews.  I was born early and I was Mom’s “miracle baby,” because I died like seven times and wasn’t supposed to live.  I weighed about five pounds and had a hole in my heart and I have had a lot of different surgeries.

I like to listen to music.  All kinds of music – I grew up on rock and roll especially Bob Seeger and Bob Dillon.  I like to sing and people tell me I have a beautiful voice.  I was in choir and didn’t stop from like kindergarten to 12th grade.  I would really like to make a CD and I want to go on the road and meet some country singers.  I went to the Luke Bryan concert with my friend Tammy.  I am wearing the pink bracelet I got there and am not going to take it off!

I am artistically talented.  I like to work with plastic canvas and am very fast at it.  Right now I am making some presents for my family with the canvas.  I also like to color.  I like scrapbooking and have tons of pictures!

I also like the Wii and I am good at swimming and I like to exercise. For relaxation, I like to work on jigsaw puzzles or talk to my boyfriend.  I like to watch TV and my favorites are “Family Matters,” “Family Ties,” and “Who’s the Boss.”  My favorite movies are “The Body Guard” and “Waiting to Exhale” – I love Whitney Houston.

I am very good remembering details like people’s birthday’s and birth weights.

My dream (besides making a CD) is to be able to drive so I can go anywhere I want.  I would also like to get married and be a mom someday.

Some days I just can’t win.  Sometimes there is just too much drama around here.  I wish I could make more friends of my own because some of my friends are my mom’s friends.  I really hate it when people make fun of me and call me names and tell me I’m dumb because I am not.  I also really hate when people use the “R – word!!”  If I didn’t have a disability things would be different.

  

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