I’m Emoni Williams. I was born on October 13, 1994 and raised in Detroit Michigan. At the time of my birth, I was having multiple complications with my body. Up until the age 11, I couldn’t eat by mouth. I had a G-tube placed in my stomach on the left side. Having that tube and listening to what the doctors were telling me, I was “convinced” to believe that I wasn’t capable of becoming my own individual. My family started to lose faith in me and everything. I was placed in special education classes because at the time, I didn’t have a say so or the courage to speak my mind.

The doctors told my parents I wouldn’t be able to walk or talk normal or eat normal so therefore, everyone’s agenda was “take care of Emoni”. It wasn’t until October 13th, 2018 when I opened my eyes. I became 24 years old. My 24th birthday promise to myself was to become not on a role model but also to become the Woman who will let everyone know that Moebius Syndrome is just a name, not my name. Yes I am still having complications but once I put myself first, I became extremely powerful and unstoppable. Now, I am in charge of my life. I finally got my first apartment, I am on the verge of graduating with my associates degree in technology as well as a certification in Paralegal Studies. I am also engaged to a wonderful man. I am fully in control and proving that even with having the rarest disability, I can still be something in life.

People doubted me so much to the point I went into a depression stage because I had to literally convince myself that Moebius is just a name. My message for everyone who’s reading this to go after your dreams. Whatever it is you want in life, do it. We all have trials and tribulations. We all have something that’s hard to overcome but trust me, as long as you believe in yourself, the sky’s the limit. We are all beautiful and unique no matter what complications we my have. I can’t smile, I have missing teeth but I am still in control and I will never stop. 

And that’s my short story