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Speed: The Fallacy of Conformity

Hello Everyone,

I hope your week is ending on a beautiful, purply note! As some of you may have noticed, I have been publishing new posts less frequently the past few months.  This is because I have had a few new opportunities appear unexpectedly. These opportunities have siphoned some of my time from my blog. So, I have decided to take a hiatus from blogging for a while. However, I will leave my past blog posts up until my return. Below is my last post for now. As always, may you all be surrounded by purply blessings!  😊

Love and blessings always,



Growing up, I had years and years and years of speech therapy which was quite effective. When I started speech therapy, few people outside of my family and close friends could understand me and even they had difficulty at times. But, after several years of speech therapy, people can now understand me relatively easily on the first try.

There is just one exception to this: telling a joke. I can always say the setup of the joke just fine, and everyone understands me. However, when I am about to say the punch line, I always start cracking up laughing to the point that I am bright red and can barely speak. At this point, I usually look around to see absolutely befuddled looks on the faces of my audience. I take a deep breath, stop laughing just long enough to get out 2 or 3  words between peals of laughter and then it’s over. I am cracking up again and my family and friends are just laughing, shaking their heads and asking each other, “did you get that?’’ They are laughing, not because the joke was funny(because, after all, they still don’t know the punchline), but because I am laughing so hard that they can’t help but to laugh. Aaahhhhh, the joys of having CP speech and  a sense of humor!

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You know it’s time for a change when…

You have 8 near death experiences in 3 days. Yes, you read that correctly. Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Allison. I was born with athetoid cerebral palsy(CP) and have been a disability advocate from day 1. My faith and the color purple(the actual color purple that is, although the movie is  good as well-just ask my sister who can recite the entire movie by heart) are two pillars in my life. In December 2014, I had an experience, 8 to be exact, that propelled me to change my life dramatically.

In 2011, I graduated from MIT with a PhD in economics. I landed my dream job, was living independently in a beautiful, accessible apartment and had a wonderful support system. Then slowly, ever so slowly, my health began  to change. This culminated in a serious illness in December 2014 that resulted in 8 near death experiences in less than 1 week. I don’t know about you but, “near death” is about as near to death as I want to get for several decades!

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