The Voice of Ability Series

Graham - Handicap doesn't stop young woman from participating in many activities
















By Catherine Graham
My name is Catherine Graham and I have four siblings. I am the second oldest of five children. On top of that there are two sets of twins in my family.
I have a handicap known as Spina bifida. Spina bifida has left me paralyzed from the waist down, causing me to use a wheelchair. This has not stopped from doing things at all.
During high school I joined lots of extracurricular activities. A few of these were band, scholars’ bowl, and a girls basketball manager.
I have played the clarinet since my fifth grade year. With the help of friends and family I even participated in marching band. After high school I stopped playing the clarinet until I got involved with the Faithful Flock band from the Diocese of Wichita.
After graduating from high school I started attending Butler Community College where I am currently a sophomore. I am working on a engineering graphics technology major. This major has a lot of classes that involve a lot of drawing on computers. When I am not in class I have two working jobs that keep me very busy.
I am also involved in the Catholic Grizzlies group at my college. When I get the free time I like to read whatever I can get my hands on. It is always helpful if people ask me before jumping in and helping me.
My favorite bible story is the story of David and Goliath because it is not only about David taking down Goliath with a stone but how he proved to his family and friends that he was not just a shepherd but could do lots more.

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