Thriving, Not Just Surviving a Spinal Cord Injury

“If only I knew then what I know now”.  So many of us have uttered those words in our lifetime, wishing that we had only known how to navigate through unexpected health events and circumstances that have knocked us for a loop.  When tragedy strikes we look to family and close friends for guidance and comfort.  But the harsh reality is that our family and friends are often ill-equipped to help, Continue reading

I Found Purpose Thru Service

I did not intentionally set out to find my purpose in life through service to others.  It is something that continues to evolve within me.  I have no road map, nor do I have a strategic plan.  I just follow where my spirit leads me.

In 2010, I experienced two great losses.  In February, my mother passed away and in September I lost my ability to walk due to a spinal cord injury.  The world as I knew it had been turned upside down and shaken so hard that I barely recognized Continue reading

A Wheel Opportunity

 

It is a beautiful day and the weather outside is perfect.  You decide you will take a stroll to your local coffee shop to grab a cup of joe.  You grab your wallet, phone and keys and head out the door.  Perhaps you stop to chat with a few people along the way; life is great and you are feeling good.  You continue on and are almost there when you see a person in a wheelchair approaching from the opposite direction.  You don’t really think anything of it until the distance between you closes in and you realize Continue reading

Empowering Lives Through Sports

The ABILITY FESTIVAL, held annually in Palm Desert, California is a program of Desert Ability Center and is designed to showcase adaptive sports and recreational activities as well as disability focused services and resources in the Coachella Valley, the region and throughout the country.  This 1-day FREE event is available to participants of any age and with any level of ability. Continue reading