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Yes, I’m A Mom Living With Disabilities…
6 Things I Want You To Know

On January 8th, 1990, I woke up in the hospital. A doctor who I’d never laid eyes on before, told me I’d been in a coma for 3 days, the result of a car accident I barely remember. The prognosis wasn’t good; I’d injured my spinal cord between the 7th and 8th vertebrae and was paralyzed from the chest down. I also had a broken arm and some new hardware. Now all of that may sound really frightening, and it was. I had a halo on my head, a cast on my arm and was unable to move. And I was terrified. What would my life be like going forward?

PicMonkey CollageThe aftermath of the accident that left me paralyzed

But as friends and family came to see me, I was slowly reassured that my life was not over; it was just going to be different. And it is. There are a lot of things I want people to know about those of us living with disabilities. A lot! But I’m going to start small. Here are 6 things I want you to know about my life as a mother living with disabilities.

1. We're Normal

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For lack of a better word, persons who have disabilities are just like everyone else except that we may do things differently. When you look at the Roloff Family Amy, has children, a husband, a home and a career yet people still stare at them when they go out in public. Amy, Matt, myself, we’re really not different from other people; we all look different: different heights, different skin complexions, different hair types, however inside we're the same with blood, organs, feelings, ideas and desires to have a happy healthy fulfilling life with someone who cares as much about us as we do about them.