Updated: Jun 23, 2020
My name is Damian David Ganger. I am 18 years old and I have quadreplegic CP and I am going to tell you about my life.
Some people have treated me badly during my life. Thankfully there have been good people too. Once, a teacher said that I would never be able to hold a baby and I was only in 7th grade. We were taking care of fake babies. You can imagine how it made me feel to have a teacher tell me I can’t hold a baby. Someday I would like to have a family and a baby. I know that I can do more than people think I can.
I have fetal alcohol syndrome. It is where my birth mom drank when she was pregnant with me. I am mad at her but I know there is a reason.
In school I had to fight to learn to read. All I wanted was to learn to read but there was never time at school. I had to go to therapy or the counselor’s office. In 5th grade, I had a good year. My teacher was so patient when she would teach me and the other kids. I did learn a lot from her. In a different school year some people have denied helping me go to the bathroom. They would tell me to hold it until I got home. People told me they did not have time during class or would ask me how long it would take. I would say I don’t know. Well, to me, you should not have that job if you don’t have time. In school I felt like no one ever listened to me or waited for my answers. I knew what I wanted and I knew what was going on but my teachers thought I didn’t.
I asked one of my teachers if she believed in God. I asked her, “How do you not know if I were sent here by God to test you guys and to see how you would treat me?” She did not understand. I feel like I understand God.
I am adopted. I came into this home 17 years ago. I don’t have any aunts or uncles, grandmas or grandpas on my adopted side. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister that I talk to and my mom and my dad passed away. My birthdad passed away.
I am glad I was adopted. It is hard because my hands don’t work right. I can’t even sit up by myself for more than a minute without being attended. I can’t stand up without another person either. I can’t even walk without my walker. I have to have people take care of me for daily tasks. I have to have help taking a shower, when eating, getting dressed, combing my hair, putting on deodorant, going to the bathroom and brushing my teeth. People should be happy they can move.
But I can go outside and train horses or ride horses. I go outside and ride my wheelchair up and down the driveway. I train my dog. I also listen to country songs. I am working on a dog training business very hard.
I am very smart and I am happy to say I am a part of PC Workshop. I am very happy I am a part of these guys now. I am going to make t-shirts for Limitless with a lot of dogs and things that are funny and will help someone.
I want everyone to know I cannot do everything by myself, but I can still do many things. You can do anything you want to do if you work hard and find the right people to help you.