I am not who you
think I am.
I am not who you say I am.
Don't tear me down, please.
This is what God made me.
I'm a grown woman, not a child.
I can be a wife.
I can be a mother.
I can be a friend.
I can love deeply.
I can change.
I can grow.
I am stronger than you think.
I can be a rock of support to lean on, not a clinging vine.
I struggle, but I don't give up changing and growing.
I have difficulties, but I have strength beyond what you think.
I am grateful for help, but also eager to give it with all I have in
I am grateful when my needs are met, but also willing and able to
My heart knows pain, and wants to heal others' hearts because of it.
I have AS, but I am not defined by AS.
AS means I work harder for what I want, not that I am incapable.
AS means strength and weakness,
Joy and pain,
Insight and confusion,
Just like you.
© Rosalie -
Sharon Johnson 2003