My name is Roderick Oishi. I’m 52 years old (Born 1959 in Honolulu Hawaii) and have Cerebral Palsy (Mild). I too went to special school when I was young and transferred to a regular school. Many of my family members had thought of me as not normal and did not think I stood a chance of being independent because of my Condition, yet I have graduated from high school and went to do work for awhile at vocational rehab centers.
I wanted more of a challenge and moved on and did volunteer work for such a place as the Maritime Center (Falls of Clyde) and the Mighty Mo. In May of 1998 I had decided to try out for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and as of now I’m one of few people who has gotten in to this volunteer organization. I have been with it for 14 years and it has changed my life.
I have overcome a lot of Obstacles despite being physically challenged. It helped me to realize that I can be normal like everyone else!
(Posted by MyChild at Mr. Oishi’s urging. Mr. Oishi wishes to share his journey in hopes that his story will help inspire others with cerebral palsy to overcome the obstacles in their lives.)