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Hi I'm Cathy

I was in a car accident at 19. I can't use my body, but my brain still works. I am happy with my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the US Air Force and moved around with my family. We lived in cool places like Germany, Iran, California, South Dakota, and Texas. When I was 18 we settled in Washington State. I was a typical teenage girl, liking boys, driving fast, and having fun. Then I got into a bad car accident when I was 19 that changed everything. The damage to my brain stem confined me to a wheelchair with very limited use of my hands and difficulty speaking. Although there was no cognative damage, to many people I appear to be completely disabled. It doesn't keep me from loving to bowl with my disabled friends in our league, and in watching the Seattle Mariners! For the next 20 years I lived with my Mom and Dad who care for me, and wondered what God's plan was for me. Then in 1998 I found out that my Heavenly Father knew who I was and that he loved me.

Why I am a Mormon

I had an in-home caregiver named Marilyn who was a member of the church, and would talk to me about what she believed. She invited me to come to church with her, and one day I decided to take her up on the offer. At church I felt like I was with family. Everyone was very welcoming. Everything felt natural and right, at church and when the missionaries taught me the Gospel. I was ready to be baptized very soon after, and my brothers and sisters in the gospel have been there for me ever since. The promises the Lord makes to us his children give me hope and joy for what is to come. I like myself now, and I know my Savior loves me.

How I live my faith

Although my disabilities don't permit me to teach lessons regularly, I love visiting with the children and youth classes and sharing my testimony. I help the women's organization in our congregation by choosing which hymns we will sing, and in choosing scriptural passages to include in our newsletters to members. My parents have been very supportive in helping me serve in the church.