“OMG You’re in a wheelchair!!”

Hello all,

My friend shared the following question and response from a blog she found and I believe it’s something everyone should see. Clearly people don’t understand what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate. Or even have a basic understanding of manners. I know so many people in wheelchairs, crutches, or with disabilities that have accomplished so much more by 30 years old that most people will achieve in their lifetime. Just remember, just because someone’s different doesn’t mean they are any less worthy or able to live life to the fullest. 

 

“Questions : “Ur in a wheel chair!!! OMG that must suck. If u don’t mind me asking what happened. P.s I love ur blog

Response: “Do you have any idea how offensive it is to say that? You basically implied my life is not as good/valuable/fulfilling as yours is because I happen to have a disability and use a wheelchair. My wheelchair doesn’t make my life suck, it improves my life and makes daily independent living doable. As for what ‘happened’ nothing ‘happened’ there isn’t some horrible accident or sob story. I was simply born with a condition called cerebral palsy.(And for those who have been in accidents or tramatic event it’s not always a blast to go through reiterating the gory details)””

 

Danielle

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Published in: on January 26, 2014 at 9:42 am  Comments (2)  
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Happy New Year!

2 posts in 2 weeks, amazing right? Anyway, Happy New Year to everyone! Did you make any resolutions? Have you already broken a couple? That’s because most people choose resolutions that are either too broad too high reaching. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to have a high bar set for yourself, but it has to be reasonable. For example, for most people it’s unreasonable to say “I’m going to make 10 million dollars this year.” So, how do you keep your resolutions? Here are some personal tips I’m trying this year:

  • Break down bigger goals into smaller more frequent goals, go month by month if you have to.
  • Use concrete, specific goals – it forces you to focus better.
  • Set a schedule for those goals – once a month, once a week, etc.

Here are two of my resolutions as examples.

  • “I want to start going to the gym/running/working out” turns into “I will start going to the gym, etc. once a month for 2 months, then twice a week for 2 more, then 3 times a week for the rest of the year.” 
  • “We will save money this year” becomes “We will put away $100 every month for end of year treats.”

These are much more concrete than just a broad statement of working out or saving money and it gives you something specific to keep to. We have more resolutions but I won’t bore you with them. Hope everyone had a happy new year’s eve and has a wonderful and HEALTHY 2014!

 

Danielle

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