Karen DeBolt is one of my sisters
Listen to Karen’s story of love, reality, and growing up as a black person, with extreme disabilities, in a white family
Learn where she is today, over 50 and making her big sister so proud
We are a family of 20 siblings, many of them adopted. Thus, when Karen is black and I am white; when Karen is 16 years younger than I; when Karen and I grew up in a family that was far from “normal” she faced obstacles that, as her white, older sister, eluded me until I understood, much later in life, that “love does not conquer all”.
Love does make a HUGE difference
Karen’s story reflects on her life from being adopted at age 5 to her life now, having passed the half century mark. It has had its ups and downs, like all of us. Her story, however has added dimension due to the extreme difficulties that she has had to deal with. Born without legs and only partial arms most of us cannot imagine how we might function. Yet Karen deals with this on a daily basis and is also reminded, almost daily, that she is black and this can make a big difference. Her boisterous laugh has defended many situations where she was just plain challenged!
Karen has given birth to 2 boys and has learned to be a competent and loving mother. Needless to say, she faced obstacles that many of us have never even considered.
Karen’s story is one of hope, inspiration, and laughter
Her laugh is contagious. When you listen you will laugh along with the two of us as we move from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to independence, from naïveté to wisdom.
I was honored to interview my grown-up sister and share with the world what a truly beautiful and accomplished woman she is. Love you Sis!
For speaking and interview opportunities contact Karen at (903) 904-4168.
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