You Are Who You Are By Oliver Scheier Age 9

Oliver S 3My name is Oliver Scheier, and I am 9 years old.  I was born with a very rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called Rigid Spine. I am one of only 70 cases in the world and that makes me feel really special.  My muscles and spine are not as strong as other kids and I can’t run as fast as other kids. At night, I have to give myself a shot and wear a breathing mask that gives me energy during the day.

Sometimes people say to me “why do you run so slow” and that makes me feel sad, but I know that I run as fast as my body can run. And sometimes in gym, my friends run at my speed, which makes me really lucky to have friends like that. I even have had “breakdowns” where I say “why am I not normal” but as I have gotten older, I except who I am and am proud of it.

I love to play tennis, soccer, football, swim and even DANCE. I always do the best that I can do. I even love learning about historic people like Abraham Lincoln and have watched Titanic over 100 times! My favorite thing in the world to play is Minecraft because it doesn’t matter if you are strong or not to play! I feel as normal as all of the other kids.

I’d like to give to a “shout out” to other kids with physical differences or disabilities…

YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE, AND NOTHING CAN STOP YOU FROM BEING THE BEST YOU CAN BE!!!!!!!!!!Oliver Scheier

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12 Responses to “You Are Who You Are By Oliver Scheier Age 9”

  1. Oliver ScheierFebruary 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Hi Pat,
    I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful note. Oliver is a source of strength for us all..I truly learn from him every day. Thank you again so much, it means more than you can imagine.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Mindy Menkowitz Scheier

  2. Reshma SalazarFebruary 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    I have known the Scheier family for over 10 years, I used to be Oliver nanny for almost 5 years and I am so proud of him and what he has accomplish in his life, I love you Oliver keep being the Ollie that you are.

    • MegZuckerFebruary 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

      Thanks Reshma! Oliver will make this week’s blog post of mine for Friday just in time for Valentine’s day–be on the look-out and I’ll make ure Mindy sees your message.

    • Oliver ScheierFebruary 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

      Hi Reshi!
      Its Oliver! I love you so much. You helped me so much. I can’t wait to see you!
      love,Oliver

  3. Pat KowalchickFebruary 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I have never met Oliver but know his mom\’s parents and brothers. What a tribute to a family of strength and resilience. I know, besides making his parents, grandparents, and uncles proud, he is blessed by being surrounded by love and support as he shares his amazing journey.

    • MegZuckerFebruary 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

      Thanks Pat 🙂

    • Oliver ScheierFebruary 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Pat,
      I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful note. Oliver is a source of strength for us all..I truly learn from him every day. Thank you again so much, it means more than you can imagine.
      Hope to see you soon!
      Mindy Menkowitz Scheier

  4. Pat KowalchickFebruary 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I have never met Oliver but know his mom’s parents and brothers. What a tribute to a family of strength and resilience. I know, besides making his parents, grandparents, and uncles proud, he is blessed by being surrounded by love and support as he shares his amazing journey.

  5. Linda ScheierFebruary 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Oliver is amazing and I ink a lot of it is because the way his parents deal with him. Mindy is one in a million and I am honored to,have her as a daughter in law……or more like a daughter .will watch out for Fridays article

  6. Linda ScheierFebruary 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    Oliver is my grandson and I couldn\’t be prouder. If more people had his attitude , the world doubled be a better happier place

    • MegZuckerFebruary 3, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      I couldn’t agree with you more Linda! Look out for my blog post coming this Friday called, Living Life to it’s Fullest,” where Oliver will be profiled! Congrats on your grandson’s accomplishment!

      • MegZuckerFebruary 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

        Just wanted to mention that Oliver will be in another blog post but not this week.

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