I was born in Vladivostok
in 1965. Moved with the family to Astrakhan in 1970 and have resided in this
town since then.
Incurably handicapped since childhood. Unable to walk or sit upright. Lying
is possible only flat on the back.
Spent most of my life in hospitals. The longest treatment term lasted since
1971 till 1983 which I spent in one of Astrakhan's local sanitariums in Bone
Tuberculosis dept. Studied by a correspondence course first in a comprehensive
school, then in the Pedagogical Institute of Astrakhan
(1984-1993) majoring in Russian linguistics. Nine years was nearly twice more
than a normal duration of studies and it was due to spending two years in Moscow's
Central Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics where I had several surgeries.
I have a diploma of teacher of the Russian language and Literature but never
had a chance to implement my knowledge in teaching.
I used to work in
several places simultaneously but considered the work of a "Help Hotline" counselor
the most important one. This telephone number was my home number but few of
those who called me and asked for help realized this and certainly no one had
an idea of the condition which I was in as they talked over their anxiety and
pain with me. And I preferred it to be that way!
What I was doing was receiving phone calls and suggesting the callers where
they could get professional help in one life situation or other or, sometimes,
I was just listening. My job description was just counseling and psychological
assistance to people with disabilities. But in fact, all others did call me
In 1994 I learned
computer usage and this opened up a brand new world for me
I was then employed as a webmaster in Real
In 1999 a dramatic
change came about. Friends invited me to visit them in America so that I could
look around for a possibility of obtaining a custom-made wheel-chair. It was
nothing short of a miracle how I got the visa and came to the States for 2 months.
However, later everything happened unlike I had planned - I stayed in America.
Presently I am residing
in Portland, Oregon - the town which I like immensely. My major motivation for
staying in America was the possibility for moving in a wheel-chair on my own.
Many things, which are taken for granted in America, I never had and never could
have in Russia, unfortunately.
I have been looking for a job for over three years by now. However, this is
rather hard for me to find an employment in America, given my physical limitations
and the present economic situation in the U.S. But I do hope that all will be
well. If I survived in Russia, I am sure to survive here in America.
My resume is placed here
but it already needs some updating.
These are the major
milestones of my biography.
I decided to write a book
about my life. This decision has evolved long ago and there are some pieces
of the book already written. So far it will be in Russian but I hope to have
it translated into English soon. Then I will need to try publishing it. I know
it is not cheap here to do this. And I know that asking for help is not always
welcome. Nevertheless, I cannot cope with this project financially on my own
and I created an account on PayPal
who feel like assisting in this project can credit something to this account
of mine. Just click the icon.
Thank you very much in advance and may God bless you!