is a survivor of Amniotic Band Syndrome!
Candida: Did you like Zippy and his story?
Maria: Yes I loved Zippy and his story!
Candida: What was your favorite part?
Maria: My favorite part is when Zippy got teased by the zebras but then he saved them by acting like a zombie and asking the biggest crocodile nicely.
Candida: Did it help you in some way?
Maria: A little because of the part where Zippy got teased by the zebras, but then he helped them cross the stream.
Candida: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?
Maria: The biggest challenge I have overcome is to ignore teasing and staring or asking them to stop.
Candida: What is the biggest challenge you still face?
Maria: The biggest thing I still have to face is surgeries I still go through.
Candida: What advice would you give kids with differences or those afraid of having surgery?
Maria: Advice I would give to kids who have surgeries is the doctors are there to help you not to hurt you.
Candida: Is there anything you’d like to ask me?
Maria: How did you come up with this story about Zippy?
Candida: My hands, arm and foot are affected by Amniotic Band Syndrome. I know how hard it is to be teased and stared at by others. I desired to write a book to help kids who go through the same things learn to overcome it. I also wanted to show the bullies and people who stare that it hurts when they do those things. I tried to let them see being different is wonderful!
I feel so blessed to have talked with Maria! Her answers touched my heart and helped me in numerous ways. It's an amazing feeling to see a child holding a book you've written and know that it helped them a little. Please pray for Maria as she continues to have surgeries and heal from the effects of Amniotic Band Syndrome. May God bless you!