Elevator Seat for Power Wheelchairs: Accessibility

10 Years With, 10 Years Without: The Elevator Seat

It’s not hard to imagine a better life when you have something as vastly different as an elevator seat on a wheelchair.  When you are a full-time wheelchair user, having this function can completely change your world.

It’s like having a Flintstones car and then having a car with a motor. The elevator seat is by far one of the most coveted add-ons for power wheelchairs. When I first heard about them, I of course wanted one right away, but it didn’t finally happen for me until 2005. I was even able to get it covered by insurance since I need it for work. Read more

I Don't Think I'm God, But I do Think You're a Jerk

I Don’t Think I’m God, But I Do Think You’re a Jerk

I know everybody is not going to agree with my personal opinions, but that’s why they are called opinions and not facts. I’m okay with this fact, and God knows that I welcome a good debate on any subject. I don’t even need to know what we’re talking about, but I bet I can make an argument for the other side. I love to play the “devil’s advocate” at times if only to make people think and ask questions to themselves. All change starts with an opinion and conversation. What could be so terrible about that? Read more

The Darkness

The Darkness

Can you hear me Daddy? Does anyone hear my voice, my pain, and my sadness? Is anybody out there willing to hold my hand through this darkness they call dementia? It is a blackness so dark there are no stars in shining in the heavens to help guide me. I do not know in which direction that I am headed because the darkness keeps out the light. Read more

My Family of Bloggers

My Family of Bloggers

Jessie, Isabella, and I are not typical bloggers. We write a few times a year and will submit 40-75 blogs. I have blogs yet to be published from when we first began writing. If the timeline seems off or I mention only 1 or 2 daughters this is why. EasyStand chooses when to publish the content. We’ve been writing for over 3 years at this point. We do not write on a weekly basis because we do this for charity and our lives are crazy busy. Read more

You Can't Take Life for Granted

You Can’t Take Life for Granted

Life is a funny thing right? It is filled with twist and turns you never expected to face. I’m not supposed to be in this damn chair crying at a computer screen wondering what happens next. I know what comes next. I forget my life in bits and pieces. I forget every piece of happiness. I only wonder how long it will be until “I love you daddy” doesn’t bring up a hundred memories of smiles and children laughing. Read more

Love is Not an Ability

Love is Not an Ability

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! I have been struggling with a lot of really hard issues in my life recently with my dad having a new illness. I have cried and prayed a lot. It has been very hard since I learned that my dad has dementia. I wrote him a letter when I was angry and scared. I used a lot of curse words and I’m not proud of that. I wanted my dad to hear me and understand that he can’t give up on us. I do not want my parents to get a divorce. My mom does not want a divorce. My dad is giving up on us. It’s really hard and really scary. I’m not scared of my dad having dementia. I am sad for him that this is happening. I know he is scared too, but leaving us is not going to help protect us from it. Read more

After 24 Years of #QuadLife, I’ve Found the Best Bed EVER

After 24 Years of #QuadLife, I’ve Found the Best Bed EVER

Not many people in the world respect the bed. I know I certainly was one of these people not so long ago, even as someone living with paralysis. When you’re paralyzed at my level, you’re really only concerned about one big bed detail – does the bed have an adjustable base? But there are a slew of other factors I should’ve been taking into consideration. Read more

Flying Woes

Flying Woes

Recently, I had to make a quick flight out to South Korea to handle some family affairs.

Of course, as a complete paraplegic, I ran into more than a handful of the usual hesitations.  Read more

Girl Talk: Quads, Your Monthly Friend & Birth Control

Girl Talk: Quads, Your Monthly Friend & Birth Control

You expect the healthcare industry to be full of open minded non-ignorant people, but you’d be surprised how many of these people exist in this world. I found this out pretty quickly when I became a quadriplegic, especially when dealing with the oh-so-delicate female department. Read more

My Self Esteem After My Injury

My Self Esteem After My Injury

We all remember those awkward teenager years where we all were freaks of nature. You had acne, the mom hair cut, braces, the high water jeans because your mom said no they still fit and you’re still growing. We all had something that we swore up and down it was the only thing people saw in the entire school. It didn’t matter that ever other kid had the same problems, because they could only see yours. Read more