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Traveling with a Disability, part two

Traveling with a Disability, part two

Last week I left you with the thought, I may prefer a rollaway bed instead of the cushiony hotel bed. Now I will tell you why. The hotel's accessible room has the one giant bed. I don't have to sleep backwards. The hose on my Bipap breathing machine has room to hang...

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Traveling with a Disability, part one

Traveling with a Disability, part one

Traveling always involves a level of planning. Having a disability adds another layer. Some details have to be considered and researched before leaving home. The biggest question is: Which hotel seems to have the best accessibility options? When looking into the...

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This is how I…enjoy Niagara Falls

This is how I…enjoy Niagara Falls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrbKQkvJFCU This is how I...enjoy Niagara Falls. I took a road trip in June to see the Falls in New York and Canada. I also went on the Maid of the Mist boat. It is accessible and they provide ponchos, but I carried an extra one to keep...

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This is how I…dance!

This is how I…dance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRVGjB18TAU This is how I...dance! Because a physical disability doesn't keep me from dancing the night away. I bring my walker along and then I'm free to move all around the dance floor. That's me in the middle!

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This is how I…am mobile

This is how I…am mobile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S-byuWLTvU This is how I...am mobile. Some may think I'm wheelchair-bound, but I'm not. I can walk short distances in my mobility walker or with the help of a hand. All other times, I use a power wheelchair to go places outside of my...

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Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part two

Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPWyrnqcpT8 Last month, I gave an early morning chapel talk to a group of middle and high school students. I shared part of my story and walked them through the idea that hope gets attached to our dreams. And those dreams are often...

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Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part one

Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part one

What is the proper way to hope? How do we carry our dreams and keep the right kind of hope alive? I have times where I put my hope in the wrong place. My unfulfilled dreams become heavy and my heart quickly grows discontent. I am no longer loving my right now. I am...

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stifling the true self

stifling the true self

the world around me stares not quite knowing what to say young ones and old, all have spoken strange words, words of unawares words that speak deeply to me revealing the heart of their soul. such moments i do recall from my earlier years stifling the true self, but i...

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This is how I…interact with nature

This is how I…interact with nature

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZT5EJZz5ZE Here is a dose of random fun from my weekend. I can't just go sit in the grass, so I often enjoy nature from my wheelchair, walker, or with hands-on help. Other times, my dad will surprise me with a gift from the yard....

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This is how I…run!

This is how I…run!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j80YhoRb_SQ It wouldn't be possible for me to say, "This is how I...run!" without the presence of an extra someone. My friend and I have already finished several short races and a half marathon. I run because we run together. See how in...

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