An Interview with Katie

“I’m in 7th grade. I like to play basketball, write stories, read and draw. I also like to swim a lot in the summer and I was born with Spina Bifida.”

Can you tell me about your basketball team?

“I’m the youngest on my wheelchair basketball team and there’s only one other girl on the team, the others are all boys. We travel around to play. So far we’ve been to San Diego, San Francisco and Phoenix. I think I’ve always been really stubborn, so whenever I have a goal, I will not stop until I reach that goal. Playing basketball has made me more active and it has given me something to strive for.”

How have you seen the hand of the Lord in your life?

“In fourth grade, I had two surgeries. The recovery was 6 weeks in a hospital bed. I got a blessing before and that comforted me. I feel like The Lord put all of my family and friends there to comfort me. While I was in the hospital bed my grandma would come over everyday to read to me. Also I wrote my first published book during that time. It’s called Katie CAN do and you CAN too. It’s an autobiography. We had this huge book signing after it was published and it was really fun and my hand hurt so badly afterwards. One of my goals right now is to write a novel. I love to write. Right now I am working on a little story, I am not sure how long it will turn out but I think it’s off to a good start. I also love to read.”

What message would you like to give to others?

“Never give up. And when you are going though trials just remember that these trials are going to help you in the future. They are not going to be burdens, just think of them as experiences to help you learn and grow.”

How do you feel about being born with Spina Bifida?

“Spina Bifida is more of a blessing than a burden in my life because it has given me some very special and unique opportunities. If given the choice, I would still choose to be born with Spina Bifida because of all the blessings it has brought into my life.”

Thanks Katie!

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Hello! My name is Sandi. My hubby and 6 kids and I call Southern California home. I am a fan of anything radiating the light of Christ. Two years ago, my daughter Claire and I created the instagram account @MormonFaces and ever since then we have been asking members of the Church how they have seen the hand of The Lord in their lives, or other spiritually minded questions. After listening to more than 500 people answer I feel that it has been eternally imprinted on my heart that in fact The Lord is in the details of our lives.

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  • Michelle Lehnardt
    April 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I loved getting to know Katie in this interview! She’s a true light.

  • Rochelle Tallmadge
    April 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I LOVE this! Katie is such a light and comes from just the most lovely family. I am SO glad to see her featured here on RubyGirl. LOVE IT!

  • Debi Richan
    April 25, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Katie is wise and strong and beautiful. Thank you, Michelle, for introducing her to me!

  • Cindy
    April 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

    What a beauty ! Such an amazing and possitive example!

  • Jacqueline White
    April 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Katie, you are an inspiration! Much love to you! (And thank you Sandi for the great interview.)