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

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

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

Tiffiny Carlson Speaking at the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

A Foundation After My Own Heart: The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

When something tragic happens like a spinal cord injury, friends and family often feel helpless. It can be difficult seeing someone you love become paralyzed, which is why many come together to form spinal cord injury foundations, either to raise money for research or to help make the quality of life better for people living with SCI. Read more

Suicide Prevention Month | Depression and anxiety are common after a spinal cord injury. Know the signs and get help if needed.

Suicide Prevention Month

September is not only Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, but it’s also Suicide Awareness Prevention Month. Suicide, depression, and anxiety are common ailments among people with disabilities. The loss of physical abilities leads to lowered levels of self esteem and depression. The physical trauma of an accident can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The rates of mental illness are much higher in people who suffer from disabilities. These illnesses can be treated and do not need to end lives. Read more

Online Safety for Those With Disabilities

Online Safety for Those With Disabilities

Online safety should be something at the forefront of your mind as you enter the world of social media, online dating, and interacting with newly found people. We all know that the world is not full of crazy people out looking to taking advantage of others, but those people certainly do exist. It’s unfortunate but true and people whom have a disability are at a higher risk of being a victim of these people. Why? It’s because people with a disability are often more sympathetic to others and want to help someone. Personal insecurities may also play a role in wanting people to acknowledge that we’re loving human beings deserving of attention and affection. Read more

Feminism and Disability

Feminism and Disability

I’ve written multiple times now about the importance of ownership and control over my body, but one experience that I have yet to really divulge into is that of being a woman with a disability, and seeing as we just celebrated International Women’s Day, I thought now would be a great time to address disabilities and feminism. Read more

Is the Word "Disability" Offensive?

Is the Word “Disability” Offensive?

My wife wrote a blog recently that came under attack because she used the word disabilities. What is the definition of a disability? It is a loss of a physical or mental function. Read more

The Importance of Respect

The Importance of Respect

Respect.

One small word that carries so much weight upon it. What is respect? People will tell you that respect is earned. That would make it something that can be taken away too. No, our inherent respect can not be taken away. That is not respect, that is admiration. Respect is a right that we all have as human beings to be treated equally and with dignity. You will respect my right to not be touched against my will. You will respect my right to speak freely, although you may disagree with my opinion. I will respect your right to disagree. Read more