When Jerusha was a child with cerebral palsy, doctors told her parents she would never walk or talk.
But today at 25, she’s hoping to become a doctor herself and help others with disabilities.
Jerusha has some challenges — her speech can sometimes be slurred, her arms and legs can make involuntary movements, she can have difficulty walking on uneven ground, and gets tired easily.
Yet she’s doing a PhD in neuroscience and has already been named one of the Australian Academy of Science’s STEM Women Changemakers.
And she’s just published her first book of poetry in which she writes:
Poetry is my swelled body that
spills out words of ransom
the warrior ocean of my flesh
The mercy from my spirit
The hidden, free truth
The speechless utterances of my
The chains in my veins cracking
The body of my soul becoming
As part of International Day of People with Disability, Jerusha shares her hopes for the future, her inspirations and challenges.Why do you write poetry?
I love writing poetry as it gives me a way in which I can express what’s in my heart and mind.
It allows me to explore the artistic side of me and deepens my knowledge on life and humanity.
Exploring and meditating on these deeper thoughts has made me a better person.
In exchange, I hope my words can offer someone hope and grace.
I’ve also always loved singing and playing the piano.…