Afraid I’ll Forget What It’s Like to Walk


There is without question a universal fear all people with acquired disabilities have – the fear that we will forget what it was like to once be able-bodied; what it was like to walk, to run up stairs, to climb into a car in a few seconds, to feel water running down your leg, to be treated like everyone else.

Oh the ease of being completely able-bodied.  There are so many good things they get in on. Maybe that’s the frustration when you have an acquired disability. You truly understand what you’re missing out on. It’s hard to get over this. So so hard.[..}

Discussing Disabilities with Kids

Discussing Disabilities with Kids

Teaching children about others with disabilities is an important part of parenting. No two people have the same physical abilities and children should be taught to embrace people of all abilities. When speaking to younger children it's important that you use child friendly phrases that they are [..}

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Adaptive Baseball

Lessons Learned from our Stint with Adaptive Baseball

When baby girl started playing softball, I had to sit on the ground at the first few practices because it never occurred to me to bring a chair. Her little water bottle was adorable. But alas, it didn’t hold enough water for a two hour practice. I didn’t have snacks packed. And to be fair, [..}

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Katy Blake

No Free Rides Episode #104: Katy Blake’s Crazy Rehab Ride

In episode #104 of No Free Rides, Katy Blake, injured in 2010 on a canoe trip, shares her journey post-injury about navigating the less-than ideal Medicaid situation in the state of Mississippi. After receiving only 2 weeks of rehab and being sent home, Katy took it upon herself to raise money so [..}

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Grief of Having a Child with CP

The Grief of Having a Child with CP

Like a Stone I carry my grief around with me. It is like a stone that changes in texture and weight each morning that I rise from bed and enter another day in CP Land. Sometimes, my stone is light and I can stick it in my pocket. I can reach inside that pocket and rub it’s smooth surface and be [..}

Post-SCI Insecurities

Post-SCI Insecurities

Who doesn't suffer from insecurities? I can't think of anyone in my own circle who doesn't have them. Having a disability has it's own dose of insecurities doesn't it? What do people see when they look at me? Am I more than a wheelchair in the eyes of a stranger? How can I prove that I am still good [..}

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Judging Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota

“And the Winner is…” Judging Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota

My most recent blog post, if you've been reading my posts, was dripping with excitement about being asked to judge Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota; an honor that certainly made me proud. Jenni Taylor, a friend of mine, Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2011, and a board member of Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota, needed [..}

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bowel function for wheelchair users

Improved Bowel Function for Wheelchair Users

Process of Elimination “We know that on Thursdays after Stephenie’s been here Greta always naps and poops.” There are some things I am known for. Some are less glamorous than others, but that does not make them any less important. A toddler who is no longer constipated is a much happier [..}

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Responsible TV Time for Special Needs Kids

Responsible TV Time for Special Needs Kids

“Oh, please just stop crying!”, I thought as I paced around our living room with Baby Roa’s tummy resting on my forearm. This is how he preferred to be carried straddling my arm, pressure on his stomach, and swinging. It was a long day. No nap, so cranky, no sitting down for mom unless it was [..}

Wheelchair disability jokes

Disability Jokes: Humorous or Offensive?

I received an email earlier this week from an old friend that contained a link to a site full of wheelchair jokes. My wife was horrified while I laughed about it. What are your thoughts on these types of jokes? Are they completely tasteless or do you find them humorous at times? I told my wife that [..}