I want to share words that mean so much to me, those are “You are in control.” That means the world to me. For so long I had no chance to exercise control over my life. It’s hard to describe how that feels. Now that I can communicate, it is liberating. Try to imagine what people without communication fee like every day. You can’t really do it, but try. Then try to imagine how it would feel to go through life like that. That is how I lived for sixteen years. Probably you are thinking, “That would suck”. You are right. Trust me, it did. Trust me, other people still feel this way. Train yourself to see non-speaking people as fully human. We deserve your respect.