How self advocacy affects us

By Madison Fleetwood


Do you know what a hero is? It is someone who you look up to and strive to be like. My hero is my dad. He is just an ordinary person but has accomplished many things in life from opening a door for someone, to deciding where to go to collage, to having his heart broken by the death of a loved one. Please listen as my dad talks about the ups and downs of life.

Hero: An incredible person

When the typical person thinks of the word hero, the first thing that comes to mind is a firefighter carrying children out of a burning building to save the day, a policeman locking up the villain for the rest of his life or a soldier who just fought in a war. However, a hero is so much greater than those stereotypes. The dictionary definition of hero is “a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.” ( One might say, heroes do not exist, right? Anyone can be a hero; it's just a matter of time. So why are they so special if anyone can be one? They are not. But, did you know, one would not be who they are today if they did not have a hero in their world. Having a hero in one’s life affects who they are and who they are going to become. A hero is somebody one looks up to and strives to be like everyday of their lives.

Girl survives shark bite

A hero is someone that perseveres and someone that one admires. Bethany Hamilton is an extraordinary person who dedicates her life to surfing. When she was just fourteen, a shark attacked her and she lost her left arm just below the shoulder. Bethany was back in the water three weeks after her injury and two years later, won her first national title. Bethany Hamilton displays a true hero through her bravery and perseverance.
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Is it important for someone to have family support and/or see a therapist when coping with the death of a loved one?

Coping with the death of a loved one is tough. Children and adults are faced with it every day. Children are deeply affected emotionally and physically by a loved one’s death; it is imperative for them to have strong family support or see a therapist.

Why is my dad my hero?

My dad is my hero because, he is a very thoughtful person and would do anything to help me. I greatly respect my dad and I thank him for all the hard work he does for me and my family. My dad is always looking out for others and does many things to help them. He cares, loves and spends time with his family and I am very lucky to have him in my life. Once again, I thank him for all the hard work he does for our family.
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