Debbie Gray's Visit Print E-mail
Written by Megan, Snowy River Campus Student, Term 2B 2013   

When I heard Debbie Gray was coming into the Snowy River Campus on Sunday I was so excited. From the moment she walked in I was inspired.

Debbie was born without arms and thigh bones, but she never let that stop her from doing anything. She has lived her life to the fullest. She has sky dived, had a baby, and much more! She has worked with the local surf club and raised a heap of money to them buy a new buggy.

Deb is the loveliest person and shared many stories and life lessons. Some of the things she said that really inspired me were: “if you wake up every day and think, hey, what can I do for someone else, you will get so much more satisfaction out of life” and “you get what you give”. Debbie taught us a theory that if you wake up and you feel like things couldn’t get worse, you should go to a mirror and just smile. It hits a nerve and sends a signal to the brain and the serotonin makes you feel better. Debbie and other people with difabilities are sick of people judging them before they know her. She can drink tea, write and do just about anything we can do. I learnt so much from Debbie and she has made me think twice about saying I can’t do something or it’s too hard because as Deb said, we can do anything.

Megan - Wangaratta


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