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99 Problems — #13 I Am Not The Boss of Me

There are days that being paralyzed blows. There is no other polite way to say it. It’s so much more than not being able to stand up, walk or run. There’s the chronic bladder infections and urinary tract infections and poor circulation with threats of blood clots. There’s bowel accidents…

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99 Problems — #1 Attack of the Flying Pens

Everyone knows that inner city DMV offices are the closest manifestations to Dante’s’ Infernos of Hell. So in preparation of being tortured and in attempt to be a good citizen, I called ahead, made an appointment, and arrived to the DMV promptly with a file of all appropriate certificates and titles.

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Wheelchair People Are Scary

Wheelchair people can be scary. I know this because I am one. I’ve experienced the leers, the double-takes, the awkward hesitation from others of whether or not to help—it’s a daily occurrence. And I am no exception to the rule.

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Day 1 – In the Moment (Part 2)

I hadn’t intended to make Kristin cry, but she did, instantaneously upon hearing me say I am not okay. I could have used a good cry myself at that moment, as long as it was in privacy of course. Instead of shedding tears, however, I begrudgingly forced a smile to all the unfamiliar faces surrounding me as we made our way down the tunnel’s long hallway to the back roads of Sea World, the place where an ambulance eagerly awaited me…

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Obama and Stem Cells

“Name one thing Obama has done during his presidency,” Cory challenged me. He had just finished explaining to me why he might vote Independent this year. “He lifted the ban on stem cell research within days of taking the office,” I quickly replied. It was one of those rare instances that I had a solid […]

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Because I Can’t Stop Talking About It

I wanted to hate the Sundance Channel’s latest reality series, Push Girls, about five paralyzed women living in Hollywood, especially since I’m in the process of finishing a memoir about my life as a quadriplegic…

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Dejon

“I’d like to do something nice for someone else,” I told my friend Shelby. We were on the way to school, and she had asked me what I was going to do for my 10-year anniversary of living with a spinal cord injury. November 16 was approaching quickly, and I was obsessing about it. “What would you do?” she asked. […]

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