Hi, I am Kirsten Passmore! Let me tell you about myself. When I was five months old, my parents Brett and Amy Passmore adopted me from Vietnam. My birthday is on May 11th, something I gladly share with my uncle, (though I always get the bigger cake!)
When I was about two years old, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. CP occurs shortly before or after birth due to extended oxygen loss. However, CP has not kept me from living a full life. I have been blessed to visit so many beautiful places such as the Niagara Falls and Canada. A few of my favorite travel spots are New Orleans, Minnesota, and Nashville. I hope someday to take a European vacation!
It is BECAUSE I use a wheelchair that I have the opportunity to meet such wonderful people and do some awesome stuff. The Davros cosplay that my father and I constructed would either be very different or nonexistent if I did not have my wheelchair. And there is CosAbility. The vision of CosAbility has been the result of all my experiences as someone with special needs. The Bible contains some amazing Scripture regarding those with disabilities. When Jesus encountered a blind man, his students asked why this person was differently abled. Jesus responded, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” I sincerely believe that this is true for anyone with a disability. I highly recommend looking up the full Scripture.
When I am not attending various Comic-Cons and cosplaying, I am just a regular teenage girl. My favorite subjects include history and literature, and my absolute least favorite is math!During the weekends, I can usually be found playing wheelchair soccer, going to the movies, or chilling at home on the computer playing Minecraft. I also have my YouTube channel, Cauzie’s Corner. Life is not always easy, though. Sometimes I get frustrated. When I was little, I attended a birthday party. I was using my walker and said hi to a kid about my age. He proceeded to tell me, “Walkers are for old people.” Growing up, I have had to learn to “shake it off” whenever something like that happens.
Here is another story. When I was still pretty little, we did not own a wheelchair, so I used a stroller whenever we went somewhere. Mom recalls a time when someone pointed out that I was in a stroller and called me a baby. I retorted, “I am not a baby; I have Cerebral Palsy!” and then crawled out onto the play mat. People are always going to stare and point, but here is the thing. Give them something to look at besides your disability. I often wave at people and smile at them whenever I attract their attention. Since they are looking, I might as well give them a show! I am glad to share my story with you, and I hope to see you at a Comic-Con very soon!