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Disable Your Disability Interview with Tony Jacobsen

In Books, Entertainment by Nathasha Alvarez1 Comment

There’s a guy named Tony Jacobsen who has my same condition, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, we met via social media because he is the guy behind Disable Your Disability.  Now many of you who know me know that cutesy names regarding people with disabilities just don’t make me go woo hoo with enthusiasm!  But I bonded with Tony. I invited him into …

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One Moment Can Change Everything!

In Opinion by Guest Contributor0 Comments

I held my breath as I squeezed the hands of the two girls next to me. My eyes were shut as I prayed silently and turned to my friend and said, “I really want this.” Right before they announced the winner I looked over and saw my mom smiling as I shook my head saying, “Nope, it’s not me.” Then …

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Mom and Baby: No Regrets

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Guest Contributor21 Comments

SINGLE MOM Single and disabled is the foundation of my life. I never dreamed in a million year I’d be a mom with children and the very thought of it seemed unreachable and impossible. I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 3, otherwise referred to as brittle bones disorder. It’s a genetic condition that lacks collagen, which allows the bones …

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From a Mom to her Baby

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Guest Contributor1 Comment

Dear [Not-A-Baby-Anymore], One of the first questions that strangers ask when they see us together is, “Is that your daughter?” There is always an awkward pause that follows my usual response: “Actually, that’s my SON.” This unexpected answer really throws people off and their reaction is both amusing and priceless. I have to admit that I am rather proud of …

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A Wheelchair Wheel Conundrum

In Everyone has one by Guest Contributor0 Comments

I was having one of the best conversation with a woman when I realized, once again, I was faced with an awkward moment, “The Wheelchair Wheel conundrum.” I had responded to a dating profile on an online dating site and the next thing I knew, I had been talking for hours with what seemed to be the perfect match!

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Growing Up with Death

In Columns, Just My Bellybutton, Opinion by Nathasha Alvarez1 Comment

Growing up with Death sounds so weird, right? How can I possibly grow up with Death, something that is the total opposite? But that’s how I feel. Death has been in my life since I was in kindergarten. If you’re immersed in the world of people with physical disabilities, death might have been with you throughout your entire life.  

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Disabled People Penalized for Getting Married

In Everyone has one, Opinion by Guest Contributor29 Comments

I am elated that the Supreme Court ruled today in favor of marriage equality for same-sex and some transgender couples. Poetically, it is a day that is very special to me as it would have been my grandparents’ 72nd anniversary. I have never seen anyone as in love as my grandparents, who celebrated over 60 years together when they were …