College Student with Two Disabilities
Daphne Frieden of Greenville, North Carolina, reads this column through the Facebook page, "Disabilities by Daniel J. Vance."
Lately, she has felt she should have earned better grades last semester while majoring in elementary education at East Carolina University. She has epilepsy and was born with spina bifida, a neural tube condition affecting in part her ability to walk. The epilepsy came from having hydrocephalus, which was caused by spina bifida.
Frieden admitted straight up, "The epilepsy affected my grades (last semester) and I didn't do well, but it wasn't because the teachers weren't accommodating. It was (primarily) because I didn't do the work. Many of my teachers have been very kind. If all goes well, I should be graduating in December 2014."
Last semester, she had two epileptic seizures, and the semester before, five or six. The epilepsy started when she was 16, and has made driving an automobile problematic.
She said, "Even if somehow going a couple years without a seizure, I still would not want to drive and risk hurting the family in the car ahead of me because of the possibility of a seizure. I can get around using public transport, taxis, and friends."
As for growing up with spina bifida, she said, "Imagine being a six-year-old on your first day of school and being asked to tell the class about yourself. My response was to list all the surgeries I had gone through. Then a classmate asked, What is a bladder? Because of spina bifida, I wasn't able to run on the playground or walk fast. That caused some social difficulties. I had plenty of friends, but on the playground my idea of having a good time was talking with teachers while sitting on the teachers' bench."
Her mother started homeschooling her in second grade after the latex in physical education class basketballs caused her to have an allergic reaction and the school wouldn't accommodate. People with spina bifida often have a latex allergy.
Frieden graduated from a public high school in 2010. To get around on the East Carolina University campus, she uses a motorized scooter. Though able to walk on her own, she is limited in terms of distance and terrain.
She advised parents, "The disability in your child has to be acknowledged, but it can't be the only defining factor if you want your child to succeed."
Sponsored by Blue Valley Sod.
Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.
Daniel J. Vance may be reached at www.danieljvance.com
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesPediatric Dialysis Center Opens at UC Davis Children's HospitalUC Davis Children's Hospital recently opened a new pediatric dialysis center, where patients and their families will be trained on home-based peritoneal dialysis.
Marriage Insight from a Sports ColumnistLast column, I featured Paul Daugherty, nationally acclaimed Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist, whose daughter Jillian was born with Down syndrome.
County Views Infrastructure Program as a Win-WinAUBURN, Calif. -- Community development and public works projects in Placer County will soon be cheaper and faster after the county board of supervisors voted unanimously
Real Estate: We Still Want to Own Our Home!Roseville, CA- Realtor, Julie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, writes about the recently released Housing Report from Harvard University.
Senior Softball Championship in Roseville and LincolnRoseville, CA - Senior Softball is heating up Placer Valley August 2-7 when the 16th Annual Western National Championships swings into Roseville and Lincoln.
Solitary Cellars 2014 Barbera WineRoseville, CA- What better way to start our new Wine Section than with a wine that is famously friendly in its ability to easily pair with a wide variety a foods.
Rachel Constantini named WJU's Interim Women's Soccer CoachROCKLIN, Calif. - William Jessup University Athletic Director Lance Von Vogt announced recently that Rachel Constantini will be taking over as Interim Head Women's Soccer Coach.
Let's Get Uncorked: Wine Review SectionRoseville, CA- Election Day is rapidly approaching and the time is ripe for serious discussion. In California, few things are as serious as wine.
Dead & Company: Perfect Dose of Party Unity Wheatland, CA- With 105 degrees in the forecast, it's going to be a hot show. Weather aside, Dead & Company continue racking up one incredible performance after another
Baby Boomer Festival and Expo in Roseville on August 13thRoseville, CA- The Baby Boomer Festival and Expo is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th at the Placer County Fair and Events Center in Roseville.
Treating Addiction: Placer County Seeks New ApproachPlacer County is developing a new approach to addiction treatment that treats addiction as a disease, and coordinates addiction services across county departments
Sierra College's Tech Ed Skills on ABC's BattleBotsRocklin, CA - Sierra College Mechatronics Professor Tony Osladil and his former student Jeff Gomez were invited to be on a team for this summer's BattleBots
NEWS: In Case You Missed It