Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tanya :: Adult with Spina Bifida

Tanya grew up in the small town of Menasha, Wisconsin. Born with Spina Bifida and Congenital Scoliosis, doctors encouraged her parents to place her in an institution, instead, they took her home. Tanya spent the first thirteen years of her life in and out of hospitals often with life threatening conditions. As a result, many had low expectations for her, but that did not discourage Tanya from living her life and doing what she wanted. Battling discrimination, especially in the school system, she graduated from high school in 1999 and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Radio/TV/Film production and a minor in Communication.

Tanya resides in northeastern Wisconsin where she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, as well as her dog Trevor and cat Emma.

Tanya uses her life experiences to motivate and inspire others to overcome their own adversities through public speaking engagements. If you would like to learn more about Tanya visit her website at

Thank you for sharing your story Tanya! If you or your child has Spina Bifida, and you would like to share your story, please email me at contact (at)!

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