The ADA law was designed to protect the disabled from discrimination in public buildings and one of those ways is an accessible entrance. This law is a big reason why I can live an independent life, go to school, grocery shop, or have a job. But what protects my accessibility in my private life? What … Continue reading My Advice About Portable Ramps
A trick I have learned from traveling with medical supplies is packing strategically and having an organized list. Yes, that means color coding, bold type, and underlined titles. However, before you think I am this detailed in real life, I am actually the very opposite. Before my accident, I was the person who would make a list in their head and … Continue reading Tips For Organized Traveling (With A Caregiver)
This past week was the seven-year anniversary of my car accident. When May 21st arrived, I honestly forgot until I was reminded of it. It hit me with an unexpected feeling of the “what if‘s”, but mainly, “what if I didn’t get in the truck, what would my life be like now?” My answer: my life … Continue reading Seven-Year Anniversary Encouragement
Out of all the adapted sports I have tried (surfing, skiing, wheelchair rugby, and bowling), skiing has become my favorite by far. It's challenging, thrilling, and competitive. It's a sort of adrenaline I do not experience often and something I miss the most about being able bodied. As a "disabled" person, the opportunities to push … Continue reading Adapted Skiing
Would you believe me if I told you I’m a better artist post injury rather than before? Yes, the same accident that paralyzed specific muscles in all four limbs of my body! Sounds crazy, but it’s true. I’ve been excited to use this God-given talent to share with the world. If you are interested in … Continue reading Art by Abby is up and running!
I remember when the doctors told me I would never be able to brush my hair on my own. As a girl, I was devastated. I mean it’s such a simple thing to do yet I couldn’t do it... at least that’s what the doctor told me. Not even a month later however, I was … Continue reading Adapting Hair Styling Tools for Independence!
During the winter season, it’s very difficult to stay warm. I for one become very cold very easily and the longer I use a chair, I realize a lot of quadriplegics have trouble staying warm too. I am always on the move but luckily I have found some awesome, easy, affordable accessories and devices you … Continue reading Accessories and Devices to Help You Stay Warm!
Have you heard of the Action Trackchair? It’s an all-terrain wheelchair that allows people who use wheelchairs the ability to explore the outdoors! To explore the outdoors is something wheelchair users dream of. Frequently, if I want to go outside, I am dependent on the weather. But what is worse is waiting for the ground/dirt to dry. If … Continue reading Using My Action Trackchair in the Snow!
Meet my good friend, Luke! He is a quadriplegic, just like me. We met at physical therapy about 3-4 years ago and have been encouraging each other in our recovery ever since. I love hearing other spinal cords injury survivor's story and wanted to share that experience with you. Their stories are always powerful and … Continue reading Interview With A Quadriplegic: Luke’s Story
The Christmas season is finally here! During this season, there are so many family fun activities you can do. This year my family started the season off with a visit to the Ark Encounter! The Ark Encounter is open year long, but during December, they have ice-skating, and festive light displays. Sounds fun, right? That’s because it … Continue reading Is The Ark Encounter Accessible?