Mom and Baby: No Regrets

Mom and her baby

SINGLE MOM Single and disabled is the foundation of my life. I never dreamed I’d have children in a million years and the very thought of it seemed unreachable and impossible. I was born with … [Read more...]

From a Mom to her Baby

Mom with son

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: … [Read more...]

A Wheelchair Wheel Conundrum

Danny Ruiz

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 … [Read more...]

Disabled People Penalized for Getting Married

Not able to get married

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 … [Read more...]

Wheelchair Bound Only in Playing 50 Shades of Grey

Wheelchair Bound

Editor's note: "The only time you can say I'm wheelchair bound is when I'm playing the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey" was a meme we put out to illustrate our disgust at the phrase "wheelchair … [Read more...]

Disabled with an Addiction

Disabled with an addiction

“Just one more,” I think to myself. “The pain is really bad, so I have no choice.” That was my mantra. What I tried to convince myself was the truth, time after time. This is how my story begins, my … [Read more...]

Our Bodies Always Belong To Us

Wheelchair bound is an oxymoron

One of the most common issues we face as women with disabilities is establishing or re-establishing ownership of our bodies.   Many of us are promptly conditioned to feel like our bodies do not belong … [Read more...]

Nina Ellis Cruises through Challenge

Nina Ellis Sits in her wheelchair

My name is Nina Ellis, and I'm 35 years old.  I live in Ladson, SC, about 30 minutes away from downtown Charleston.  My specific disability is unknown, since I have a few rare problems from injuries … [Read more...]

My Disability Isn’t My Competition

Competition

I’ve come a long way since a car accident that left me paralyzed neck downwards in December 2009. From being completely immobile after the accident to winning 4 gold medals in the recently concluded … [Read more...]