Are you a woman that was told she will never walk again, have the ability to do her own hair or make-up independently? Wondering is it possible to move forward living life in this capacity; in a wheelchair?
I was one of those women!
On March 16, 1997, I was a passenger in a tragic drunk driving accident. My careless, designated driver, made a decision that deeply changed my life forever. At the age of 24, my once “normal” life became a life of loss and dependency. I was stripped away from my career, dignity, pride and most importantly, my independence! I struggled with the loss of everyday capabilities such as, walking, writing my name, doing my hair and make-up, brushing my teeth, having the function to go to the bathroom on my own and wondering if I would ever be the same Jenny as I had been before.
Over the years many questions raced through my mind. Could I have children or even be sexually active anymore? Why did I survive that horrific night? What was my purpose?
I was lost!
It would have been easy to quit. Struggle after struggle, but instead I chose to keep fighting! Even though I had no idea what that meant or how I would achieve it. I didn’t know anyone, in this capacity, to go to for the answers I needed to hear or advice on what to expect living life in a wheelchair, until now!
I am excited to introduce my advice column “Hey Jen” featured in the online magazine mobileWOMEN.org.
MobileWOMEN.org magazine is an online magazine created by and for women in wheelchairs who were having difficulty finding answers to their questions about topics such as, health and fashion, basically, a place where we can learn from each other, share ideas, insights and experiences.
“Hey Jen” is a safe, interactive forum to go to, physically challenged or not, to discuss all of your concerns. As a single, 38 year old quadriplegic woman, I have struggled with valid concerns ranging from dating, sex, fashion, losing my career, but most importantly the loss of independence. I truly understand your pain, concerns and the questions you are dealing with.
Today, I am living life as a thriving C5-C6 quadriplegic. This may sound impossible, but my life has changed in amazing ways! As a motivational, inspirational and educational speaker I have spoken to a countless number of schools, colleges, universities, churches, conventions and conferences about topics ranging from drinking and driving, living life with paralysis, abusive relationships and overcoming adversity.
My mission is to bring awareness to others in hopes to change the views of a society filled with stereotypes of women in wheelchairs. My goals are to share my personal story, obstacles, achievements, hope and inspire you to discover your own inner strengths.
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