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My name is Sharon Price. I live and work in Corvallis, Oregon. Due to a birth injury, I have cerebral palsy. Even though I have been disabled from birth, it hasn't stopped me from leading a (somewhat) normal life. I am a published writer. My first book, published in 1996, is called “Just Being Sharon.” My second book is called “Sharing More Sharon!” My publisher has promised to get it out “soon.” I have also been published in a book put out by OHSU called “Speaking Up and Spelling It Out!

For the past twenty-eight years I have lived entirely on my own, first in Eugene, then Portland, and then back home to Corvallis. My life has its challenges, of course, but I have ways of coping.

My main mode of transportation is an electric scooter, which I lovingly called my “Hotrod.” I started with a three-wheeled bicycle but as I got older, the scooter became the best option. I have worn out three of them and am working on my fourth.

When I go somewhere with someone in a car, I use my walker. For some reason I always have hated using a wheelchair. When I am at home I crawl around on my hands and knees.

Speaking has always been a hassle. Even though I spent a lot of time in speech therapy as a child, I still have difficulty being understood, especially when I’m tired. So few people can understand me. I don’t make phone calls to anyone but close friends and family. If I need to do business, I have someone call for me.

I tried one communication device but had limited success with it. It kept breaking down and I kept having to send it back to the manufacturer to get it fixed.

The best way for me to communicate with people is through email. It has been a God-send for me. I have many friends and family on email, and most important of all, I have all my doctors on email.

When I go somewhere and I know no one will understand me, I type a note before I leave the house. My favorite saying is “Never mind.” Most people understand that.

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