To the Parents that Empower

Dear mom and dad, You didn’t just raise me as your daughter with a disability. You saw much more from the beginning. I was your fourth child. In your eyes, I have always been “normal.” You were the first to teach me determination. Giving up was not an option. We didn’t focus on disability or discuss how my limitations affected …

When the Wheelchair Only Goes So Far

I left my wheelchair on a dock. I parked it there for a few hours. Before I jumped back in it (well, before my dad helped me get in), I looked at it. I mean, really took in what I was seeing: an empty wheelchair. The wheelchair couldn’t go on our friends’ boat. So it stayed on the dock while …

A Story of Snow Days and Contentment with Limits

“Come home tomorrow! We’re going to get 6-9 inches and we can play in the snow. I need a snow buddy. It will be fun!” My mom was on the phone with one of my brothers. She relayed my message to him. As I spoke the spontaneous idea out loud, I felt my own excitement for the snow growing. This would be …

When I Felt Different, part one

If you asked me, “What’s it like to be different?” or “When did you know you were different?“…I might respond in one of three ways: “I’m not different. I’ve never seen myself as different.” (I shared more on this perspective last year.) “What do you mean? Aren’t we all different? Because God made each of us unique.“ “Um, right now. Thanks …