A Conversation With My Daughter's Boyfriend
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A Conversation With My Daughter's Boyfriend

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I was sitting and talking with Bella's boyfriend and he had several…
Save Some Tears for Laughing With
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Save Some Tears for Laughing With

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I'm talking with two of my friends about sneakers the other day…
  • 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 Conversation With My Daughter's Boyfriend

    I was sitting and talking with Bella’s boyfriend and he had several questions to ask my about injury. This young boy has recently turned 17 and is quite mature for his age. He asked me if I could describe the feeling of paralysis and I had him do the finger experiment. He asked about various […]

  • Save Some Tears for Laughing With

    I’m talking with two of my friends about sneakers the other day when E points at my Adidas Stan Smiths and asks, “Hey are those comfortable?” S and I glance at each other. As a paraplegic, my ability to feel anything from chest down is severely impaired.  I shrug at E. “I’d tell you if […]

  • 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. Sexual abuse remains the number one underreported crime in […]

  • WHO, WHAT, and HOW vs. WHY? (Now there’s a vague heading)

    I suppose this first one’s for me. I’ll take it. Like every other wisdom-toting, hot-shot twenty-five year old, I have a story to tell. Perhaps coincidentally, as I find myself approaching the 6 year mark of paralysis (having confessed my spinal cord injury testimonial to sweet little old ladies, church prayer circles, pseudo-concerned college professors, […]

  • When Needing PCAs Make You Feel Less Grown

    It can be a strange world when you need PCAs. There is a lot of depending on people, their schedules and the stress of everyday things coming up that will without a doubt affect your life. Whether it’s their tire reading low, forgetting to set their alarm because they went on a bender the night […]

  • On Accepting Support

    Hi, my name is Adina and I’m a vulnerable adult who struggles asking for help.

  • My Ability to Speak vs My Ability to Communicate

    The ability to walk was not the only thing that I lost in my accident as I also suffered a TBI. While I have regained most my abilities to function independently the two things that have been affected the worst were my memory and my speaking ability. My memory issues are a hard loss to […]

  • Elevated Wheelchair Spoke Art Finally Arrives

    A lot of things have been getting elevated lately. From restaurant fare to where people go on vacation, there is a trend out there that’s all about making things better than they have been; “becoming elevated” as they like to say, and I’m happy to report that it has finally hit the wheelchair spoke art […]

  • Dating as a Teen With a Disability

    Hi everyone! It is Isabella again! Today I would like to talk about what it is like to date and meet people as a teenager with a disability. It is hard to have self confidence when you are a teenager. Why is everybody so dang mean? It is really hard to have high self esteem in […]

  • When Family Makes Coping With Injury Harder

    Don’t get my wrong, I love my parents. I just don’t always love having them around, especially post-disability.