Nothing can shake your world like receiving a diagnosis for a physical or mental disability. When you or your loved one suddenly has to face a new condition, it can be difficult to tell which way is up as you’re rocked by multiple unknowns, even though a disabled community may be waiting to help.
You may have questions about treatment options, how to adjust managing your diagnosis on a daily basis, how to be discrete, and more. However, you aren’t alone and your quality of life doesn’t have to collapse.
Reach out for support online. There are communities like Yoocan that will accept you with open arms. People use this as a tool to connect with others with similar disabilities, to tell their stories, spread positivity, and most importantly, make sure you’re not alone. Check out some of the most recent inspiring stories and follow them on Instagram.
Yoocan Helps Provide Hope In The Disabled Community
Mike presents, “Redefining Possibilities After My Spinal Cord Injury.”
Blog Title: Welcome to AXS.WORLD Hey Folks, Welcome to my Blog/Vlog called axs.world… It’s been a long, harrowing road and interesting journey to get to this point, but I’m proud to say we’re finally here. The #blog is an active response to my #NeverGiveUp #Tour and my experiences along the way. The tour title is an indication into the drive and dedication it took to make it the success that it’s been…to read more click the link in the bio.
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Mike had a spinal injury 15 years ago and struggled with the neurogenic pain, and mental exhaustion from uncertainty, fear, anxiety, and the anger that came with it. However, he also had hope and urges people to never give up, even if your life drastically changes in an instant.
He compares how you should be diligent and do your best to heal and try to get pieces of your life back to the struggles he faced while learning how to drive. He practiced on a go-kart track with a sharp wipe out turn that he struggled with until he could drive around it like a pro.
As a member of the Never Give Up tour he extends a special thank you to all of the supporters in the community, including caregivers, who despite the unique challenges they face, choose to stay resilient.
Lauren shares, “Lessening the Stigma of Spina Bifida”
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Lauren who is currently 27 was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that prevents the spinal cord from developing properly. It literally means split spine and can cause an array of neurological defects.
In Lauren’s case, she can independently walk, but faces incontinence. This was a huge source of anxiety growing up, as she missed out on sleepovers and overnight trips for fear of having an accident.
She doesn’t want other children to feel the way she did, so she’s out to make a difference to spread awareness about spina bifida as a social worker. Lauren fearlessly works to lessen the stigma of incontinence and even spoke at the Spina Bifida Association’s National Conference last year.
In her free time, she takes a ‘just do it’ attitude to conquer new adventures from surfing to mastering wheelchair tennis. She urges all parents of children with disabilities to place them in an activity to give them a sense of belonging so their confidence can soar, like her own finally did.
Meghan discusses romance in, “Build Me Up ‘Buttercup’: A Not-So-Epic Love Story.”
Meghan, while living with cerebral palsy, a permanent movement disorder that appears in early childhood, managed to wheel into love. While at first, she didn’t give Brady the time of day, eventually they grew to love one another.
While they remained in contact via phone calls, texting, and later social media, it wasn’t until 2013 when they started to regularly communicate. That’s when their relationship grew, even though Meghan faced criticism for dating a guy with spina bifida, which was outside of her disability.
That didn’t stop what was important to herself and Brady, which is to have fun, support each other, and adventure. Their wedding date is set for May 5, 2018, and their much bigger life together awaits. Congrats to Meghan and Brady!
Find Your Hope
If your life changes in a snap and you’re suddenly caring for someone with a disability, or get diagnosed with one yourself, you don’t have to go it alone. Stay strong, be persistent, and connect with others. Follow along on Instagram and join Yoocan to share your story, read others, and to find educational resources in the accepting and growing global disabled community.