At the tender age of 4, my life, like for many, was a struggle. Having been born pre-mature, I had already incurred many burdens. Ridiculed excessively by my “peers” for looking and behaving differently from the others. I was ashamed of who I was, and became a recluse. However, my endurance, self-acceptance and confidence came at the hands of four anthropomorphic turtles. I felt so proud to be different and lived vicariously through each issue and episode. We have been inseparable since. I had always yearned to be amongst people... friends who were as enthusiastic about TMNT as I was.