Chelsea is taking Bachelor of Elementary Education – Special Education in UB.
“I was inspired by my sister. She’s 12, and she was diagnosed last year. She has a learning disability. She has speech impairment. She wants to be a pre-school teacher or a nurse.”
“I think when you have a member of the family that has special needs, you have this strength that just sort of re-charges itself whenever it fizzles out. It’s a special kind of strength, and it’s just amazing.”
“I know that she’s in pain when she cries. I’m always afraid that she might experience pain, so it stabs you in the heart when you witness her hurting. You just want to hold her close to your chest and stay like that forever, so that she may never have to know the word ‘cruel.’”
Complete the statement: I wish I…
“I wish I could protect her forever. I know it’s not possible. I could only take care of her for as long as I live.”
Complete the statement: If I had superpowers…
“If I had superpowers, I’d use it to see the future, so I can prepare for all the battles that I’m bound to fight.”
But it doesn’t work that way.
“Yeah, it doesn’t. We can only put our faith in God and trust that everything happens for a reason.”
Photo by RENE PASCUA
Interview & Text by RONA LIN