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Updated: October 26, 2006

 

Stephanie Crenshaw

Winner of the Congeniality Award
at Little Rock, AR

Ms. Wheelchair Georgia 2006

My name is Stephanie Crenshaw and I am from Georgia. I have a progressive nerve disease, which affects my ability to walk. I have used a wheelchair since I was 15 years old. I have had to deal with pain and physical limitations since I was about 8 years old, but doctors have never been able to give me a specific diagnosis for my disability. Doctors say I am a “puzzle” and that I am “unique”. My family says that is true, but not just in regards to my disability.


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I am the proud mom of a sweet and beautiful daughter, Katilyn, who will soon turn 11 years old. We have a new house, which we have quickly made a loving home. I have a very close extended family, and it is my goal to raise my daughter with the same type of love and compassion that my parents raised me.

I love life and I strive each day to make the most of every opportunity to meet new people and do new things. I love to dance and let my hair down. I am determined to find creative ways that I can do non-traditional activities, such as scuba diving, bungee jumping, parasailing, or riding a mechanical bull.

 

I have recently learned the importance and benefits of a good exercise program. I have participated in several road races. I was told that I was the first person to complete the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta in a regular, manual wheelchair completely independently. I also won second place in the Walt Disney World ½ Marathon this year!

I earned my Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Georgia, and recently completed my Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Thomas University. I worked many years as a paralegal and secretary while I decided “what I wanted to do when I grew up”. I have a passion for working to improve the lives of people with disabilities, so I went back to school—I needed a graduate degree in order to qualify for the job I wanted.


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I now have the great privilege of working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Georgia Department of Labor. I counsel people with disabilities and help them go to work.

I thank God every day for the many blessings in my life, my family, and the endless possibilities awaiting me.

Stephanie Crenshaw

 

 

 

 

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