Words that can Shatter Glass
This is my story, how I learned to find my voice through the diagnosis of widespread chronic pain when I was eleven. Facing an invisible illness means you face the disbelief of those around you. I faced the school, doctors, strangers and friends who didn't believe my illness. My mom stood up for me and taught me that I do have a voice. Since then I have been an advocate in my school, my community and as a Canadian. It is a real privilege to have the right to participate in our democracy, to free expression, to peacefully protest. It is about the power we all have within us, the power our words have. In my experience words can change more than we could ever have imagined and that is what has lead me to be a self-taught poet at seventeen. Our country has grown with the privilege of free speech and expression as we begin to carve out the future it is more important than ever that people discover the power their words hold. And that is what my story truly means.