Being a So-called Broken Record

Being a So-called Broken Record

Sometimes I fear sounding like a broken record whenever I talk…
  • Why My Dad is Special to Me

    This week we’re treated with another post by Jessie+Luke‘s oldest daughter Isabella. 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Day in My Life With My SCI

    NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Katy has unfortunately been going through one health complication after another for the last few months. Last night, she shared this update on her Facebook page. It accurately depicts what it’s like to live with a complicated high-level Spinal Cord Injury, and she has graciously agreed to share it with all of […]

  • Being a So-called Broken Record

    Sometimes I fear sounding like a broken record whenever I talk about ableism or disability issues in general, even though it pertains to so much of my professional and personal life. Disability factors into my life financially in many ways. Not only do I write about it here as a contributor, but I also write […]

  • I'm Losing My Mind

    Today’s blog is not a fun or easy one to write. Back in January 2017 I was diagnosed with dementia most likely early onset Alzheimer’s disease and have been going slowly crazy since it happened. I’m only in my late 30’s and had no idea this would ever be a possibility in my life. I […]

  • With Wheelchairs, Awkwardness Abounds

    I’ve always wanted to be liked, but after my injury that became a lot more difficult. The reason being – the wheelchair. No one is comfortable around them, not even dogs. Most people and animals have an off-putting reaction to a wheelchair. Typically it’s pity, fear (expressed by children, old people afraid of the speed […]

  • What Equality Means to Me

    Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Today I want to talk about what equality means to me. Equality is more than having accessibility or equal pay. For me equality means respect in all parts of my life. If I can attain that then I will know I have truly achieved equality in my life.

  • Body Shaming People with Disabilities

    Body shaming is a huge problem in our society and it comes in multiple forms. The fact is that no two people have the same shape, nor were we meant to all look the same. You’re too tall, short, fat, thin, dark, light, or have a physical difference. I don’t know why society feels it is […]

  • My Drug Addiction

    Drug addiction is not a problem that anyone expects to have to have deal with in life. Nobody wakes up one day and says hey I think today will be the day that I throw my life away. I know that I certainly did not expect this to happen to me, especially with my past, […]

  • Do Not Treat Us Differently Because We Have Disabilities

    Hi it is Isabella again! My sister Taylor and I were talking about things we want people to know about kids with disabilities and how we want to be treated.

  • Power Assist Diaries, Saga 2: Getting Creative When Your Insurance Says No

    Nineteen years ago things were a lot different the way my health insurance regarded the kinds of wheelchairs one needs. Back in 1998, I was able to get a supplemental wheelchair, a manual one, in addition to having a power wheelchair. All I needed was a physical therapist’s letter of recommendation, and it was a […]

  • Surviving the Aftermath of Abuse

    Warning: This post contains information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months. As survivors of sexual abuse we have been violated […]