Tag: disability

Why I can’t travel

Why I can’t travel

Travel is the one thing that really bums me out on a regular basis. Because it’s one of the things I want to do more than anything in the world – and something I can’t do because I’m disabled. I have never taken a trip […]

What disability pride means to me

What disability pride means to me

Being proud of my disability isn’t always easy and I know that it’s confusing to a lot of people. But it’s not about actually loving my disease or enjoying the experience of having muscular dystrophy. Sometimes it’s hard for me to actually explain, because it’s […]

19 Things I could have never done #withoutmywheelchair

19 Things I could have never done #withoutmywheelchair

July is disability pride month, and what better way to celebrate than to celebrate my wheelchair! I recently got a new chair (her name is Edna) after a long, difficult process and I’m excited about all the adventures she’ll take me on in the next […]

5 Easy ways to include your disabled friends

5 Easy ways to include your disabled friends

Most of my friends are abled, which is how it’s been pretty much my entire life. Ever since I was a kid, I was usually the only one in a wheelchair in class or in a group of friends. If there was another disabled person, […]

Why I wish I could redo my college years

Why I wish I could redo my college years

When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t excited about college. I was just excited to be done with high school. While my classmates and friends would excitedly chatter about which university they’d been accepted to, I’d stay quiet and smile. I didn’t have the […]

How to be happier and more productive with a disability

How to be happier and more productive with a disability

Living with a disability looks different for everyone. My brother and I have the same diagnosis and have pretty different experiences. But regardless of your disability, you might find that it’s hard for you to do things that come easily for others. Which can feel […]

5 things I’ve learned one year into my first job

5 things I’ve learned one year into my first job

Somehow I’ve been working for over a year now. I have no idea how that happened. Actually, I hit my ‘anniversary’ last month but I just haven’t had a chance to let that sink in. I worked so hard to get where I am and […]

Little ways to make asking for help just a little easier

Little ways to make asking for help just a little easier

Every day, all day, I ask for help. So you’d think I’d be totally comfortable with it by now. Nope! Not even close. Asking for help always puts you in a vulnerable position and even if everything goes perfectly, it can still feel a little […]

What happens when you can’t use your wheelchair?

What happens when you can’t use your wheelchair?

The past several months have been unrelentingly stressful because of my little old wheelchair breaking down. It started in the summer. I’d stop driving for a moment, and then the next time I’d go to move – I couldn’t. The lights on the small control […]

“People with disabilities” vs “disabled people”

“People with disabilities” vs “disabled people”

The way we speak about ourselves and each other matters more than we sometimes realize. Subtle changes in our language can make a huge difference when it comes to the impact it has on society. That’s probably why for a lot of people, labels are a powerful thing […]