My name is Neva Sonia Carpenter. I was born in El Cerrito, across the bay from San Francisco, on June 16, 1928. It was a dry birth and because of this I was born with my limbs doubled up. The doctor said I would likely never have the use of them. Through much praying and working with my limbs by my parents, I was able to stand and start walking at the age of 2. I had a brother and two sisters all older than me; my brother is the only one not still living. From where I lived, I was able to watch the Golden Gate and the San Francisco Bay bridges being built.