Category Archives: Family & Friends

When it’s important to be there

My Dad, Tony, was not at the doctor’s office the day I was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. This angered my Mom and she held that with her for a very long time. It didn’t bother me, however, because to me … Continue reading

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Laugh when someone forgets

When you go from walking to using a wheelchair it’s easy for people to forget that you’ve made the transition, even as you’re sitting there right in front of them. One summer while staying at my grandma’s house, I was planning … Continue reading

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My dead arm

My cousin Joe has labeled my right arm my “dead arm.” When he first said it several years ago, his mom, my aunt, didn’t think this was very nice. I didn’t care. He was eight years old and that’s exactly … Continue reading

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The friend that pushed me around Australia

I went to Australia with a good friend of mine from high school about the time I was struggling to walk safely outdoors but not using a wheelchair full time. I borrowed a manual wheelchair from a local vendor and … Continue reading

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The friend that built my platforms

Getting up from chairs got really difficult at around age 25. For work I would sit on drafting chair that I would literally inch up and up to raise myself so I could stand up on my own. This got … Continue reading

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Parental balance

Growing up, I had two parents who had mostly different attitudes about how to deal with raising me, but one important thing in common. In hindsight I actually think it was the balance of their attitudes that ended up being … Continue reading

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