• Why My Dad is Special to Me

    Hi it’s Isabella! Somebody made me very mad and I would like to tell you about it. I posted a picture on my Instagram account of my dad, me and my boyfriend, and my mom. We were playing together and throwing horseshoes in our backyard with my boyfriend’s parents because it is a lot of […]

  • How to Tell the Story of Injury, From a Writer's Perspective

    If you’d seen me just after my boyfriend’s SUV crashed into a tree and destroyed two of the vertebrae in my spine, you probably wouldn’t have known anything was wrong. I’d been lying across the backseat, sleeping, when the car slipped on ice and began hydroplaning across I-495 E in upstate New York. I was […]

  • Blood Clots and Spinal Cord Injuries

    Blood clots are a serious complication that can arise from dealing with a spinal cord injury. I suffered from two recently and I need to take blood thinners because they are a reoccurring issue for me personally. Blood clots are especially dangerous in paralyzed patients because we are numb. We are not always aware that a […]

  • Uncertainty in These Times

    I’ve been through a lot these past couple of months. Everything from personal matters such as losing my childhood friend and going on my first business trip to matters concerning my CADI waiver and disability services, new PCA services and ILS services hanging in limbo and then adjusting to new and hopeful changes. 

  • This Too Shall Pass

    As with all of life’s great trials and tribulations this too shall pass. That is what I keep telling myself and my family, because what other option is there? Are we going to give up? That is not how our family works in times of crisis.

  • I Ruined My Own Life

    It’s extremely easy to sabotage our own lives because we do not believe that we deserve happiness. We may not even be aware that we are doing this to our lives. That is why taking the time to think about if we are truly happy is so important. If we are not happy we need […]

  • Puffy Toes, Unhappy Soul

    When you’re paralyzed, hating your feet is usually something that comes along for the ride. Maybe it’s because they don’t listen to your brain waves anymore, or maybe it’s because they get puffed up and never fit in shoes right. Or maybe it’s because they’re a targeted fetish of weirdos on the internet. Sigh. Whatever […]

  • Jennifer explaining Roa's Power Chair

      Roa and his power chair As Jennifer explains in this story about her son Roa, sometimes you just have to follow your child’s lead. They will tell you what they want, in their own way, when they are ready. (Rojo’s Journey) Posted by EasyStand on Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Work and Worth

    Sometimes when I tell people I work, they’re a bit taken aback. The first thing people typically ask is not “What do you do for a living?” but rather, “Do you have a job?”. The answer to that questions is yes, I actually have three jobs. All of which involve writing in some capacity, which […]

  • I Have Seen Too Much

    Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Today I want to talk about really sucky things happening in life and sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. I try really hard to be a positive person like my mother, but right now the one thing that I am positive of is that my life sucks. My […]

  • A Family Not Divided

    What defines a family? Biology? A piece of paper? Perhaps it is an unbreakable bond we call love. No matter what we shall be faced with we will do it together as a family. It’s how we have handled everything else and this situation will be no different. I have no plan and I have […]

  • To Breed or Not to Breed as a Quadriplegic

    There comes a time in everybody’s life when you decide whether not you should have a child, or as my snarky friends like to call it, breed. And as a woman in her late thirties, this is especially true. You think, “Should I try to have a baby before it’s too late?” But then you […]

  • This Change

    I have been through many dramatic changes in the last decade of my life both extremely happy and heartbreaking. I made it through each one, but I’ll be honest and say I have no idea what I am supposed to do with this news that I have dementia.