How 2017 was the Year Full of Impossible Things

As I mentioned last week, 2017 was full of impossible things. Here are 10 examples + links to accompanying photos or blog posts: I spent a whole day at Panera. Twice actually. Two friends made this happen. I wrote about love. Not just one week, but four. I shared my story and my fears related to the disability factor. I …

Revisiting 2017: the Top Seven Posts

I’ve been thinking about all the things that happened in 2017. My one word was fill. As we begin a new year, I can definitely say that 2017 was a year… Filled with lots of moments. Full of impossible things. And the prayer I invited you to pray with me was answered. How was it full of impossible things? I have so many examples, …

Self-Advocacy: how to thrive with a disability at church

In the eyes of the world, I am weak. I have a physical disability that is very visible. I use a wheelchair outside of my house and I need hands-on help every day. These exact weaknesses make me strong. These limits teach me how to advocate. Self-advocacy is about more than feeling like you’re doing just enough. It’s about finding the …

A Parent’s Perspective: Why My Son Doesn’t Need Fixing

More than a year ago I “met” today’s guest writer — Jennifer Fecowycz. She emailed me after finding my blog and shared her connection to Arthrogryposis . Read on for more of her story. This is still part of the dialogue on disabilities and cultural assumptions. ******* 1. Briefly share your story. My name is Jen and I’m mom to Oscar, who is 2 years old …

5 Questions with Hidden Disability Misconceptions

Last week I shared the top 10 misconceptions about the physically disabled. Before I wrote that post, I reached out to people online who also have various kinds of disabilities. I soon realized — we are all clashing with culture in similar ways. We face the same assumptions attached to our visible limits. I wish I could tell you I don’t hear the …

What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me

You aren’t supposed to look like a pretzel when you are born. But I did… Because of my physical disability, independence is not an option. But I’ve accepted this fact for years. I don’t let limitations stop me from chasing any dream. Several years ago, I started writing. I wasn’t planning to be a writer. Yet there was power in …