Biography of Damon Wall

My name is Damon Wall, and my life story is one filled with stumbling blocks and hurdles that initially razed me to the ground but eventually shaped me to become as strong as I possibly can.  This story is shared not to gain sympathy but to inspire people to never let any life difficulties block their way of achieving what they truly want and pursuing life with courage.

My parents suffered from drug addiction even before I existed. That has caused my childhood to turn sour and troubled. When I was only 20 months old, my mother watched me and my older sister while she was under the influence of drugs. When I began to cry, she forcefully shut me up by beating me nearly to death. I was placed in a coma and was hospitalized for 9 months. The incident has left me neurologically impaired with weakness on the right side of my body and blindness in my left eye. My mother was sentenced to 10 years in jail but only served 5 years because of good conduct time.

I and my sister were left to my father while my mother stayed in jail. He did try to be a parent, but because of his dependence to drugs and alcohol, he failed to give us the best fatherly care.  He was hospitalized countless times over the years because of medical issues due to his vices. He eventually passed away in 1997 due to cirrhosis of the liver, caused by his alcoholism.  I was 14 years old when he died, and after his death, my aunt took care of me and my sister.

Over the years, I did my best to start creating a good relationship with my mother, but when I turned 18, I gave up my efforts. All I wanted was to receive her apology and words of regret. However, all I received were plain excuses. She never admitted that she was at fault. I then made the decision to just exclude her from my life.

Things grew worse when my sister followed our parent’s dreadful path—the path I decided I will never take. My sister also became addicted to drugs. Despite this, our bond remained and even became stronger until she passed away due to drug overdose. My mother also followed after a few months due to the same cause. I am all by myself now.  However, that did not stop me from facing life with audacity.

In 2011, I met the best person in my life—my girlfriend. She is one of the reasons my desire to make the rest of my life fulfilling grew stronger. She supported me all the way, including my dream of making music. I began taking piano lessons. However, due to my traumatic brain injury, I can only play with my left hand. After months of playing with just one hand, I learned how to make music on a computer. I enjoyed creating songs with a MIDI Controller, and I became successful in completing four songs. I decided to start my own music business called Damon Wall’s Music. I now have completed my 10-track album, called Arping  Against the Wind.

I believe that there is still so much more to learn. I want to learn the new ways to create music and drive my business with passion. I am positive that better days are coming. I thank my past for molding my present, and I want to continue doing worthwhile things that my future self will thank me for.