This Is Where It Starts
Updated: Jul 28, 2022
I've been told by too many people that starting a blog based on the life of someone with disabilities is a dead end venture. That people just don't want to sit around and read about the life of someone who is limited. Someone who has to go through struggles. And as many times as I've heard that, my response has remained the same. With every negative thing that has been said, I have replied with, "when I first started going through my medical problems and still to this day, I would've given anything to find a community that I felt comfortable in. I would've given anything to find someone that went through any of the same things I did." My goal when creating this blog and website has always been to bring people together. And that is what it will continue to be. I have reached out on many different platforms to get opinions from all friends with disabilities, regarding what they would like to see in a blog like this. I have many of my own ideas but those are coming from only one person, and there's so much that needs to be talked about. Things that I haven't even thought to look into, things that I haven't had to experience yet. It is very important for me to try to be the voice for those who aren't comfortable speaking up.
I have spent most of my life being too afraid of judgement when it came to speaking my thoughts. But when I was in the hospital trying to figure out why my body was just not working anymore, I told myself that if I made it out, I was going to use it as my turning point and stop letting fear dictate my life. Because I realized that I had taken life for granted and needed to stop telling myself, "I can always do that later on, when I have more confidence." I have kind of fallen out of that mindset lately, the road to recovery is hard. And more often than not, rather than just accepting the way I am, I find myself constantly wondering why this happened to me and if I'll ever be me again. Which is another reason I'm here right now starting this adventure. Because no matter if I get my body back or not, I will never be the person I once was, and that's ok. What makes it ok is finding out who I am now. And this page is part of my journey in doing that.
Do you ever have those days where your just in a "poor me" mood? But you feel like people wont understand so you just stay silent, then at the end of the day kick yourself in the rear for wasting yet another day wishing for something you can't possibly have? Or even the exact opposite. You have a day where you're on top of the world and doing things you didn't even know you could do? And you're so proud that you just want to tell everyone? This is the place I want you to feel safe in when you have those moments. When you just need to go off on a rant about life and how much your day sucks. Or when you were able to make your entire family dinner without having to take breaks, or without hurting yourself in the process. Share anything and everything.
How many times have you made a trip to the store and thought, "It should be common sense to make this accessible for everyone." Or on the other hand, have you ever went into a place and thought, "wow how nice." I would love to hear about those experiences and bring light to things that people don't typically think about.
I know traditional blogs are about one persons life, or their opinion on a certain aspect of life. I don't want this community to be that way. Yes I will be writing about what I believe is relevant, or about situations I face everyday as well as how to get through them. But I will also be writing about what YOU think is relevant and the situations YOU face everyday. That's why there is a forum. So this can be a place that everyone's opinions, voice and experiences matter.
I am so glad to have you here. I hope you stay for a while.