The Lord Blessed Me
told by Djuina Lemons
Story Source Material: A Poem, Written by Dione Katrice Foster
Tale type Classification of the Story: Personal Story &
Story Rating: Young Adult/Adult
Dione Katrice Foster Brooks was born with Cerebral Palsy, a
birth defect that affected her ability to walk.
She endured five surgeries before the age of 10, and by age 12
had surgery to fix a broken hip after a fall. She
became pregnant in high school, and after having her daughter,
she was told that she would never amount to anything.
This drove Dione to strive to achieve many goals in life and
prove naysayers wrong. She finished high
school, married and went on to college.
Despite her physical handicap, she attended three colleges at
once so that she could take more than the recommended course
load, while maintaining a full-time job and raising her
daughter. At a young age, she discovered
that she enjoyed writing poetry, and used it as a form of
relaxation and meditation. One of her proudest
accomplishments was having her poem "Beautiful Black Child of
Mine," a poem she wrote to her daughter before she was born,
published in a magazine. She wrote "The
Lord Blessed Me" shortly before she died in 2006, due to
complications following surgery. At the
time of her passing, Dione was working on a Ph.D. in Sociology.
This poem represents her life and her spirit, and provides
comfort to all who knew her.