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All Graduated

I graduated!!! I know it’s been a few months, but I want to include you in the celebration; graduating from law school was an accomplishment for me, yes, but it was really our collective diploma. If not for your cheerleading, sponsorship, and friendship I would have never rolled across that stage. Thank you. THANK YOU! Here’s a little glimpse of the celebration and my summer: Flickr Gallery This week I turn three in SCI-years. And...

Counting Blessings

2013 was a year rich in experience. Thank you for the support this year. Without the kind notes, the motivations, and the donations that ameliorate the distractions of spinal cord injury, it would be harder to appreciate all of the blessings… Family. In the last months, my immediate family has been coping with unexpected illness and death. We’ve pulled together despite divorces, spinal cord injury, and distance – but it has been hard. I’ve realized...

Learning in London

Thanks to generous friends, I recently went on my first vacation in a wheelchair. London was an easy choice: I had a beautiful wedding to attend in one of the most accessible cities in the world. The taxicabs are all wheelchair-ready (shame on you, New York!) and major landmarks have well-developed accessibility options. Perhaps because of the Paralympics last year, the city takes accessibility seriously. I had a wonderful trip. While traveling, I was struck...

Camping with Google Glass!

Did you see the video?! After I became an Explorer, the Glass Team recorded my Glass-enabled, first post-injury camping trip. My friends (Brant, Heidi, Bobby, Tedd, Will, and Sara) and I took the minivan to the beautiful Harriman State Park. There, we stayed at the Baker Camp on Lake Sebago. We did some exploring of the local area, had a campfire by the scenic lake, and celebrated long into the night. It was my first...

NEW YORK, NEW GLASS, NEW NEWS!

I often think about all the people who helped me get to NYC this year – and I’m excited to finally get you up to date! [Check out my NYC Picture Diary!] I just became a Google Glass Explorer! Now it’s much easier to share my life with you, so get ready for some “disability-won’t-stop-me” adventures. Follow my updates on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter (and Flickr and YouTube). I came back to NYC to finish...

Rockin’ Out to Some First-Generation Love

Last week, Ania Jablonowski of First Generation American spearheaded an awesome Trust fundraising event at the Vertigo Sky Lounge. As Ania told me, the event came together when Dr. Nadim Akhter got in touch with her about organizing a charity concert for the Trust. The multitalented doctor (of the Quon Global Health Initiative, which helped organize the event) was joined by his colleague Dr. Dan Ivankovich on Thursday for several impressive rock & blues sets. The amazing sponsors...

New York Update the First – THANK YOU

Coming back to New York has been wonderful: terrifying, challenging, and exhilarating. Of course, my physical limitations still need managing. In New York, that means hiring live-in personal care assistants who can help me eat, groom, set-up and keep house. I maintain my wheelchair accessible van and pay for extra physical therapy and specialized medical care not covered by insurance. That’s why these amazing fundraisers in the last months have been extremely important:  In September, Kasia Jarosz (of Photo Affair Studio) and Anna Jablonowski...

What It Means to Feel “Normal” Segment #5436: The Airport

Since leaving inpatient therapy, a big project for me has been trying to reclaim not only my health, but also my lifestyle.  I’ve minimized my pill intake (no more blood thinners, woo hoo!), I got my bowel and bladder programs under control (with the help of a stellar urologist), and even spoke to a post-SCI fertility and sex expert (not only can I have babies, they will also be super motor-skilled). The next hurtle: air travel. Fortunately,...

love, love, love, love: Handzel Open 13

In 1999, the first Handzel Open was a relatively small affair in a public park. Thirteen years later, it is one of the biggest Chicagoland tennis tournaments, with nearly 200 players competing in nine different categories over two weekends. The Open, established by Greg Handzel, of Handzel & Associates, brings together an impressive crew of amateur and professional players – all enthusiastic about the sport and its camaraderie. Since its inception, the organizers of the...

Back to Basics: a May update

At the end of April, I was invited to visit my fifth grade teacher’s class at North Elementary School. Ms. Clifford’s students had pledged to reach their reading goals in my honor in March and had written beautiful cards and letters of support. In fact, the entire school got involved in fund-raising efforts. I felt loved and honored coming back – and like quite the celebrity! I’ve posted pictures from my visit to Flickr. (update: Ms....
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