Heather Hancock – Oklahoma City, OK
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Good morning! I am Heather Hancock. I am a peer and self-advocate and motivational speaker. I have Down syndrome, but my family and myself have always believed that was a challenge and not an obstacle in my life.
Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true!
Today, I will share my story with you and you will see how believing has made a difference in my life and CAN in yours, too!
My parents had to start believing immediately because I was literally taken from my mom’s arms and flown to another hospital for surgery. The first challenge for my parents came on the day I was born and the doctor delivered not only me, but the message that I was very sick. Even when the doctors weren’t sure that I would make it, my parents believed. No way was their newborn baby going to be taken from them. As I listen to them tell the story today, I KNOW that their prayers and belief are what made a difference.
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