Pet Ownership for Those with Disabilities

Pet Ownership for Those with Disabilities

Owning a pet can bring great joy into your life as well as a good bit of responsibility considering that all living creatures require care and have needs to be met. Nonetheless there is a pet out there fit for everyone if you’re interested in an animal companion. Owning a pet also provides hidden health benefits such as lowering your blood pressure. They provide constant companionship and unconditional love. The question becomes what pet is right for you, your home, and your lifestyle. Cats and dogs are the most interactive of the popular pet choices so that is what I will be covering today. Read more

It's a Wheelchair, Not a Welcome Sign for Missionaries

It’s a Wheelchair, Not a Welcome Sign for Missionaries

I was watching YouTube clips of Louis C.K.’s stand-up the other day when I heard a line that made me love the comic even more than I already do: Read more

The Stigma of Chronic Pain

I’ve touched on the stigma of chronic pain in an article previously, as well as the “Super Crip” complex that I’m desperately trying to rid myself of. I have yet to address the stigma of taking medication for said pain though. So many people do not understand how spasticity works. Hell, I’m still learning about my disability and I’ve lived in this body for twenty-six years now. I have had to turn down Vicodin, and many other medications due to my own fear of becoming too reliant on these medications and leading down a dangerous path. I have some family members that talk about “Big Pharma” and preach yoga as though it is the be all, end all, neglecting to remember that I take over five medications every day to function as my truest self. One who is relatively free of pain, and happy. I know that my loved ones mean well, but it’s rather insulting. They fail to understand that while I agree some prescription medications are pushed onto patients with too little thought, medication, physical therapy, yoga, and meditation can and do coexist rather peacefully within my life. Read more

Standing After Hip Surgery

Standing After Hip Surgery

Children with cerebral palsy or increased muscle tone can be at higher risk of developing hip issues; their hips may begin to sublux, or progress to dislocation often requiring hip surgery. The whole process of surgery is scary and full of possible complications. But once that is done, returning to previous activities can add another fear; will my child hurt their hip from doing this? When they have pain, how much do parents need to worry or run back to the orthopedic surgeon to make sure that hip is still ok? Read more

Treating My Wheelchair-Using Self to Some Kindness

Treating my Wheelchair-Using Self to Some Kindness

The world can be a big scary place, and when you’re on four wheels it can be even scarier. People may treat us nicer because of our disabilities, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to give ourselves a little TLC every now and then. Read more

The Power of Words

The Power of Words

This is a tough topic. Do you ever feel like you are a burden because of your disability? Like you don’t deserve to be happy? Do other people ever make you feel that way? It can be tough to tell those people to shove their opinions, and strangers certainly have no problems giving them out. Too bad people don’t hand out kindness and encouragement that way. The world would be a much better place. Read more

Two Things You're Doing Wrong to Friends Facing Serious Medical Issues

Two Things You’re Doing Wrong to Friends Facing Serious Medical Issues

This is a difficult blog for me to write having been on both ends of this situation. I’ve been diagnosed as terminally ill and also have lost so many loved ones to both short and long term illnesses including children. The children are the hardest. To see a life ended so shortly after it has begun is always a tragedy. I was inspired to write this blog by a boy named Cole whom I have never met. A young boy beginning his fight against cancer. This blog is intended for the friends and family of people who are going through similar situations. Know you are in the prayers of many Cole and the arms of God. I ask anyone who is of faith to pray for this child that God almighty have compassion on this child’s body, comfort his soul and family, and to give them all strength needed as they enter very rough seas in this time of their lives. Read more

How to Explain "Your Story"

How to Explain “Your Story”

It’s inevitable. Nearly everyone is going to be curious why you use a wheelchair. “Was it something you were born with?” “Did you have an accident?” And the juiciest, most ballsy-ist follow-up question of all, “How did your accident happen?” I just hate it when strangers ask this. Only friends are allowed to ask this quite personal question. I just wish the rest of the world also agreed. Read more

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Sometimes I dream of the perfect blog post. And then I wake up. Read more

Personal and Family Goals

Personal and Family Goals

Personal and family goals are a part of daily life in our home, so much so that they are on display to remind us of what we strive to achieve daily. It’s harder to ignore something or put it out of your mind when you see them displayed around your house. Some of our family goals are that we will be kind and respect that everyone has their own opinion. We will use our inside voices, even when angry, because being louder does not make you important. We will strive to appreciate our differences and find ways to include everyone in every activity. Read more