Why Sexual Abuse Goes Unreported

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 our country for a myriad of reasons. I will break down the main causes as to why this heinous crime remains unreported. 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

1,000 Times I Was Not Human

1,000 Times I Was Not Human

Warning: This post contains detailed 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.

This is by far the hardest blog in my series on sexual abuse that I will write. I already feel the sting of the tears in my eyes and have yet to begin. I can write from a clinical point of view and give you facts, statistics, and talk until I am blue in the face. Today is not one of those days. Today I will allow you once again into my mind which was warped, twisted, and turned into a war zone. There are days I do not know who is the enemy and I am the only one fighting in this war. Read more

TV’s Vikings’ “Ivar the Cripple” Makes a Present-Day Girl Think

TV’s Vikings’ “Ivar the Cripple” Makes a Present-Day Girl Think

I think it’s fair to assume that before the Industrial Revolution, life for people with disabilities was significantly more difficult. There were no motors, and definitely no electricity to power the wheeled chairs that have been made for “cripples” prior to this golden age. To say it was a hard life was a definite understatement. Read more

Is Electricity the Key to a SCI Cure?

Is Electricity the Key to a SCI Cure?

Please see editors note at the bottom of this post for important information regarding a researcher mentioned in this article.

I witnessed something extraordinary this weekend while attending the Working2Walk Symposium (sponsored by the United2Fight Paralysis Foundation) that made the entire room buzz with excitement. It was a presentation by Dr. Ken Lee, a neuroscientist from the Mayo Clinic, who spoke about his study using epidural simulation to return function to people with spinal cord injuries. The results they are seeing are so encouraging they are receiving another $36 million for the next phase of their study. Read more

Why People With Disabilities Need to Vote

Why People With Disabilities Need to Vote

It is our duty as American citizens to go out and vote. You don’t have the right to complain about policy, lack of funding, more services being cut, or anything else if you did not vote. Educate yourself on a candidate’s policies and issues that apply to you directly. What is their plan to lower our national debt freeing up money for services? What is their plan on tax reform? Do they have experience with either politics or a history of success in their field? Read more

Fighting for Equality and Against Hatred

Fighting for Equality (and Against Hatred)

I did not intend to write this blog, but I need to as a minister of the Lord. The shootings in Orlando of both Christina Grimmie and the beautiful souls of the 49 people who were killed at Pulse are forcing me to speak up. The Orlando area is where I spent most of my adult life and is my home as much as my house here in Minnesota, or in LA at my parent’s house. I am deeply hurt and have cried for days over the loss of someone in the shootings who was like a child to me. I do not give my heart easily, but when I do it might as well be a marriage. You are in my heart for all of eternity. Read more

Will the Cure for Paralysis Be a Rich-Only Affair

Will the Cure for Paralysis Be a Rich-Only Affair?

I believe a cure for paralysis is on it’s way. I’m not sure when, but I really believe that a treatment that restores both sensation and mobility is a possibility in the next 50 years, and I didn’t always feel this way. Read more

Living Twice as Hard

Living Twice as Hard

On August 9th of this year I received news that a childhood friend of mine had his life ended by a caregiver. In the weeks following, my Facebook feed was filled with “She must’ve been overwhelmed.” “Caring for the disabled is so difficult. No one gives us a break!” Read more

Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Tenodesis splints – the clunky metal splints that help quadriplegics use their fingers. I remember when I was fitted for mine in 1993. It went up to my elbow and wrapped around my first two fingers and thumb; a smart little device that moved my three digits open and closed whenever I pulled up my wrist. Read more