Dec 08, 2016 03:39 AM EST
Woman, Despite Breaking Her Ribs Every Time She Sneezes, Has Pursued Her Dreams of Becoming a Teacher
Her rare skeletal condition called osteogenesis imperfecta has been the reason why she has broken more than 100 bones in her body in her entire life. More commonly known as brittle bone disease, she did not let this stop her from her dreams of becoming a successful teacher.
Since she was little, she has already suffered 14 fractures and was in a full body cast between 13 months and five years old.
Ms. Stonestreet finds her condition very difficult and painful. Minor movements can easily break a bone. She shares that there are times when she wakes up in the morning with a cracked vertebra simply because she had rolled over during her sleep.
"Sometimes I can wake up and I've cracked a vertebrae in my sleep, I've just rolled over," Ms. Stonestreet said.
And when she's out in public, she exerts an extra effort to avoid bumping into people when it's crowded especially when there are drunk people around.
While this condition is devastating, Ms. Stonestreet did not let her condition get the better of her. She pursued her passion and is currently working as a charity worker, disability volunteer and a teacher.
"People with disabilities are the same as everyone else," Ms Stonestreet said.
"We have the same dreams and goals, it's normal to have a teacher who is in a wheelchair."
"I never think that my disability has anything to do with my teaching, but if they (the students) want to ask anything, absolutely.
Despite her condition, she makes her students feel and realize that there's really no difference with her and with their other teachers except that she's just sitting in a wheelchair. Clearly, she did not allow her disease to stop her from doing what she wanted to do and go to places she wanted to visit.
Ms. Stonestreet currently teaches tourism and has already travelled the world.
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