Friday, April 22, 2011

A day to remember

I will always remember April 22, 2006. That was the day that I came home off my whirlwind tour of hospitals and nursing homes. Those were dark days, but definitely growing days. Hindsight is always 20/20. I didn't realize at the time all I was learning and how much I was growing. My eyes were focused on walking again, not on learning to live from where I was. All I knew to do was keep pushing. And walking again was the goal. Thankfully, my therapists accepting that and kept pushing me, teaching me how to live from the wheelchair along the way. The doctors and nurses were awesome to deal with and at times made my stays feel like I was at home. The time I spent in each place usually brought a roommate. Some were downtrodden and others very upbeat . You all brought something that I needed. Whether it was more compassion for the hurting, a positive way to book at my trials, or even a little laughter. I'll never forget each and every one of you.

Being home has brought some big steps my way. I have done a little traveling (not via an airplane yet). I've gotten married. Became an uncle. Found my sister and nephews. Got a diagnosis . Learned how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. There are many more things, but the main thing accomplished is: becoming comfortable with who I am in the wheelchair. Bring on the next five years!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Accepting yourself

Over the years this has been something I've struggled with. It took me quite some time gettingto this place. I can truly say I am who I am and I'm fine with that as far as my disability goes, that is. I've talked about this struggle here many times, but I definitely have internalized it more often. I have struggled with accepting another area of my life. I watch Oprah! I talk about it with people and wouldn't mind admitting it. I would get uncomfortable when guys or someone would call me out, even jokingly giving me a hard time. Recently I have embraced this fact of my life. It seems to have freed me yet again.`I truly feel at peace with who I am, where I am. I haven't stopped thinking about how good this feels. I truly want this for everyone else too. I don't know where you are, the struggles you have, or the show you enjoy watching :-) Let's all be comfortable with who we are,so we can live our best life.

FYI-After today there are 28 more Oprah shows remaining.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


I've been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for a little while now. The program is understanding my voice better and I'm becoming more proficient in my ability to make corrections along the way. We both have grown during this time. I'm becoming a better parent and the program is now at least a toddler in its growth. The freedom this now gives me is awesome! I can type and type and not have my hands be worn out. This is an amazing tool. I know this post is short, but I'm proud to say I did it all with my voice. I am so thankful to my therapist for teaching me how to effectively use this program. I had this program for quite some time, but never really knew how to use it. Thanks for reading my two cents on this or perhaps now it's up to a dime. When you get a freedom back that you haven't had in years you just want to talk about it. I promise I'm done, for now....

Monday, April 04, 2011

Spring Break is over!