Meet Emily – #32 of 90 Real People. Real Lives #FASD

MEET EMILY — Emily possesses a passion for sharing her personal story, the story of so many, a story worth being told. She travels internationally educating and advocating on behalf this 100 percent preventable pandemic.

She has served as a member for SAMHSA’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Center for Excellence Expert Panel. Currently, along with two other individuals with a diagnosis along the spectrum, Emily is conducting research collecting data on the physical ailments that arise in adults with an FASD diagnosis, a lifelong, full-body diagnosis.

Emily is a founding member of the first national self-advocacy network, Self-Advocates with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Action (SAFA). Though she was born addicted to alcohol and cocaine and had marijuana in her system, and though doctors told her adoptive parents she likely would never make it through school,

Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude, ranking number one of her graduating class. She earned her bachelors of Science majoring in psychology and counseling, minoring in Christian ministries. She volunteers her time at a family care center as a counselor. She has held many pageant titles, including Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2008, garnering the overall talent award with a classical piano piece, and has worked as a model for a QVC makeup line. Every year, she travels to Monterrey, Mexico where the children of La Isla steal her heart.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing Native American flute and has one daughter, a Yorkshire terrier named, Willow.

With faith playing the key role in her life, her main message aside from FASD is 100% preventable, is that she believes God has always had something bigger for her and for YOU despite a diagnosis and despite our weaknesses. It is in our weaknesses His strength is perfected, His glory can shine through, and we can be a beacon of light and hope for others.

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