I Dream Of A Trip

Image by Ron Reiring via Wikipedia

This past September an acquaintance did something I could dream of. He took a road trip and made parts of the world that were otherwise to a wheelchair user deemed inaccessible, and saw the world regardless.

 Part of my issue as written here about wanting the ability to travel with friends who are also in chairs after all I am young right, my personal facebook shows that my peers travel. Although I have never been one to do something because my peers do it this is something that interests me. The logistical nightmare of travel and disability causes me a little stress purely because it is simply something I’ve not done a lot of. 

A group of my friends and I would like to take a trip together. If only we could figure out how?

 

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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21 Responses to I Dream Of A Trip

  1. Go for it!

    I’m sure you’ve heard of Zach Anner.

    http://www.oprah.com/own-rollin-with-zach/Official-Trailer-Rollin-With-Zach

    You can do it if it’s a priority!

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      hi shasta thank you so much for your vote of confidence and of course your comment means a lot too! Do you like to travel? I am on a travel kick, I think because where I am we have snow! Do you have snow where you are? Yes I know who zach anner is, his name comes up frequently when I am doing research for my blog
      I look forward to your reply

      • I love to travel. I’ve been all over the world and definitely hope to take my boys some day. Right now Malachi’s CP has tapped out our bank account but hopefully someday we’ll be able to take a trip.

        Zach Anner is just so inspiring and makes me feel like we can do everything we were planning to do before Malachi’s diagnosis… maybe it will just take a little longer.

        • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

          Shasta (love your name by the way) Malachi maybe teaching you that you have to do things differently to get the same outcome. That’s where the name of this blog came from well at least the url as a parent of a kid with cp what would you be able to ask your son that you are currently unable to, maybe I can give you some perspective from my life?

          • Thanks very much for your offer! I’m wondering if maybe you’d like to respond to the following in the form of a guest post on my blog? You have my e-mail address!

            I’ve actually been thinking a lot lately that I wish I had an adult with CP whom I could talk to. I’m curious to know what CP feels like. What happens when you try to do something your disability doesn’t allow? Does it hurt? Does it feel like your body has a mind of its own? Is there just this invisible barrier that your limbs refuse to cross?

            I try to explain it to myself a number of ways, but I think it would be best if you wouldn’t mind telling me in your words. (In my own life, I only know small children with CP.)

            I think of it like me trying to shoot a basket (I’m terrible at it and most things sports-related): sometimes in a great while I can shoot it in, but most of the time my body just doesn’t do what I tell it to.

            But then, I think if I practiced really hard, I eventually could shoot baskets. So what’s the barrier for people with disabilities? What does it feel like? Sure, you’re never going to be an Olympic athlete (neither am I), but why do experts say around age 7 is as far as CP kids are going to develop when athletes and dancers and other people who work on their physicality seem to peak in their 20s? I just have a hard time believing that we are so different — indeed, I don’t really think we are….

          • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

            shasta thank you for this i am interested in doing a guest post?

  2. Rosie says:

    Hi Laura,
    You just have to do it Laura!! :) I know you have wanted to do this since I have known you. It’s so awesome to see the world and how beautiful it is on the other side. Don’t let your fear take over you on traveling because you know in your heart you will be missing out.

    All The best Laura!!!

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      Thanks for that rosie! how are you whats new?

      • Rosie says:

        Hey Laura,
        I am doing good thanks. Last year in Oct I was in a car accident and it took me a while to the feel of driving again. I was stop at a red light and some guy hit me from behind. I am ok!! Still working at HD but I am looking for a new job. I am hoping to be a woodworking teacher assistant or anything that will pay better then what I am working now.
        I still do woodworking, making t-shirts and any crafts. I am painting on canvas right now.
        How are you doing and anything new? How’s your new place?

        • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

          hey glad your ok hope the job hunt goes better for you then it is for me right now

          • Rosie says:

            Thanks! You will find a job, it just take time and patience. You are a very hard worker who would not want to hire you. How is your place and how are you?

          • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

            Hey love the place- you still live at home? I am well working on hard this blog! I am well

  3. Rosie says:

    Thats good that you are well and you enjoy your place. Yes, I still live at home and I have too many tools. They would not fit in apartment and that mean a house. lol I don’t have the money for a house and I am still paying for my car.

    • Rosie says:

      I forgot to say you blog is really well done. Keep up the good work. You know I have said this before may times but you really need to write a book about you life.

      • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

        Thanks for all your comments Rosie how often do you read?

        • Rosie says:

          I have been reading this blog ever since you gave me the address. (When you were just starting to blog on this site). When I tried to e-mail you, you never would e-mail be back. So I thought one day why not write a comment on your blog and hoping you still would talk to me.

          • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

            sorry for not replying to your emails at the time i was working and would coome home and blog now i have more time and reply to everything that people write to me

  4. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    Nope all good :) will you share my blog with people you know please

  5. Rosie says:

    Yes, i will!

  6. Tracy Steenstra-Todd says:

    Hello Laura,

    You need to travel! My husband who also has CP but is not in a wheelchair use to travel with a companion in a wheelchair. He traveled with an assistant for her. As an assistant or companion they call them in the travel industry there are cut rates everywhere, hotels, trains, flights etc. It can deffinatly be done. In fact my father who has been using a scooter now full time after a stroke 6 years ago is going on a cruise with members of his stroke recovery group. He uses a scooter full time and my mom a walker. Arrangements have been made at the airport and on the cruise ship. We read your blog all the time and have for some time now! It is very well written and I am happy to see you are doing so well.

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