My name is Kayla Shuch and I had a grade 4 ventricular hemorrhage with hydrocephalus before I was born. I was also born 7 weeks prematurely and to this day doctors still don’t understand why I had my brain injury. I have grown up with the effects of my brain injury and want to help people understand that I wouldn’t change a thing about what happened to me. Even though being the only member of my family with a brain injury is hard at times, I try to express myself in art and music. My brain injury was caused by lack of oxygen to the brain in utero as my brain injury happened to be a couple of weeks before birth. Despite having the severest grade level of IVH, I came out with having a mild form of cerebral palsy. I was the only student with my disability in every school I’ve attended. I was lucky though (more fortunate that is) to not be a victim of bullying growing up.
I was diagnosed with spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy and as I’ve gotten older I’ve struggled with making friends and dealt with social isolation. On top of that I struggled with executive functioning skill deficits that impacted my ability in doing well in school and college.
I enjoy We’re Moving Froward’s community even though I haven’t been actively taking part in events lately. I hope to continue to do more within the organization someday.
My favorite inspirational quote is: “Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.” – Emma Watson