In My Own Words

In My Own Words: Francisco Oller

September 8, 2015
Former patient shares words of wisdom for coping with life's challenges

In life, we face many challenges that we have no control over.

In My Own Words: Marc Russo

December 2, 2014
Marc Russo, 13, isn’t letting auditory processing disorder keep him from accomplishing his dreams.

Marc RussoImagine going through your day and only hearing part of what your friends and teachers say. How would you feel if you missed the punch line to the joke? Or imagine someone calling your name in a crowded cafeteria but not knowing where that sound came from.

In My Own Words: Makaile Stanley

August 1, 2014
A former Kennedy Krieger student’s take on Asperger’s, attending college, and finding true purpose.

Makaile StanleyI remember the moment I knew I would be the first person in my family to attend college. When I was 16, a doctor recommended that I apply to a technical school instead of a four-year college because of my Asperger’s syndrome. I was crushed and broke down in tears.

In My Own Words: Marshall Garber

November 13, 2013
When a spinal cord mass left him paralyzed, Marshall’s life changed forever. It changed again during an adaptive ski trip arranged by Kennedy Krieger.

Marshall Garber

Marshall Garber is a patient at Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury.

In My Own Words: Bob Nobles III

by Abigail
August 2, 2013
A student at Kennedy Krieger has his sights set on the Naval Academy.

Bob Nobles III is a student at Kennedy Krieger School Programs: Greenspring Campus. He has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.

In My Own Words: John Manison

November 2, 2012
“You can do whatever you want as long as you put your mind to it.”

John Manison is an 18-year-old freshman at Ashland University in Ohio. He is dedicated to his rehabilitation at Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury and focused on achieving therapy goals en route to living his life without a wheelchair.

Building the Future: Young Woman Turns Spinal Cord Injury into an Inspirational Career


There was broken glass and debris everywhere, and I could hear sirens in the distance. Just moments before I was sleeping in the car as we drove home from a family vacation in Florida. I was jolted awake as the car flipped over, and I could feel myself being thrown around as if I were in a washing machine. I was strangely calm, lying half in and half out of the backseat - until the paramedic checked me for injuries and I couldn't feel anything. I began to panic. When I asked if I was paralyzed, he wouldn't answer.

Matt Courson in His Own Words


Matt CoursonI've always been an athlete. When I was younger, I pitched the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) World Series twice. After high school, I played baseball for the University of Arkansas at Monticello. But, despite those achievements, I never imagined how much physical strength I would need in a wheelchair. Late one Saturday night two years ago, I got on my fourwheeler to visit a friend, but I never made it to his apartment.

Shooting Star

Kennedy Krieger High School student with autism secures dream internship with NASA

Abby ReznekThere's just something about the solar system that fascinates me. It started when I was about five years old. I couldn't get enough of books and computer programs about planets, moons, and stars. I was even interested in model rockets because, in life-size form, they created a path to the great Milky Way.

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