"I went from a life of a professional athlete to life in a wheelchair. One accident changed my life I am now paralyzed from the chest down. I learned one thing and that is to stay positive and take things for granted.
My name is Cal and I had been riding dirt bikes for the last 17 years of my life, I started riding when I was 10 years old. I grew up riding every day that I possibly could doing my best to get better and better. All I ever wanted to be was a professional motocross rider. I began to race when I turned the age of 18 and was working my way up through the ranks.
To go from being a professional athlete traveling the country and living life to the fullest to being stuck in a wheelchair was always my worst nightmare. Never take any of that for granted cause you never know if it will be taken away. To anyone struggling with this injury or any other injury or illness, I will always say to stay as positive as you can, look to friends and family to help you through, be open about how you’re feeling, and never be afraid to seek help if you feel you need it. Things could always be worse so always make the most of what you have."
"Hi, I’m Kimberly. I’m a 20 something-year-old Disability Lifestyle blogger on The Sitting Beauty Diaries.
I’ve used a wheelchair my entire life due to my disability Cerebral Palsy. Growing up, I didn’t let my disability stop me from doing things when possible. This made for some interesting and at times downright funny experiences.
My goal is to inspire women with disabilities to have fun with beauty and fashion in a way that works for them while living their best life with their disability, reminding them that just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you are defined by it."
"My name is Christian, I'm 34 years old and I'm living in Norway with my fiance and our 2 kids... On the 24th of August 2019, I crashed on my road bike and got Paralyzed in a really serious accident.
About 8 weeks before the accident I got my beautiful son, the same day I put a ring on my (now) fiances finger. The accident cost me the option to walk, which was a tough thing to accept. But I have done a lot of mental training on my own, which I think has saved our future. My fiance and family are the biggest motivation for me, and together we will create a great life. Every day I wake up and try to do my best for my family.
Live your life..!"
"If you haven’t heard of Kanya Sesser, you’re about to, although you’ve probably already spotted her in your favorite shows, sports, or ad campaign.
This is a woman who embraces every challenge thrown her way and knows how to stay in front.
Kanya didn’t come to the U.S. until she was five years old. She was discovered On the side of the road in Pak Chong, Thailand. Until someone took her to the hospital in Pak Chong and the nurses there took care of her until she was taken to a foster home and then eventually gotten adopted by an American family in Portland Oregon which is her family, mother Jane, and her father David Sesser and they have two biological kids of their own. Beyond the support of her family, Kanya was embraced by the Portland community. “I put myself in a way where I got noticed by people,” she remembers. “I had opportunities.”
"Hi, I’m Conor an 18-year-old guy from Ireland and, I have a rare condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), I’ve been in and out of my wheelchair all of my life. I can walk but not well, I just want to show on my page how you can live a fun and independent life even if you are in a chair and through my YouTube videos 🎥, to give tips and help people who are struggling with being in a wheelchair ♿️. I have kept positive with my condition and was walking full-time up until I was 16. However, I am using a wheelchair more in recent years. I want to say it's important to stay positive."
"My name is Tarik Rêver and I am a civil rights activist, influencer, and model. I continue to protect the rights of women, children, civil rights, and LGBT communities. On June 18th, 2020 I was listed as one of the top 20 influencers of 2020 by Afluencer.
I used to dance for events, plays, and music videos but in 2015 I experienced a major health crisis after becoming differently-abled from Myasthenia Gravis. I decided to model even though I use a wheelchair.
Recently on April 11, 2020, I became the main model and spokesperson for Social Bleu. It is an app designed to unite people in a peaceful atmosphere. Whether you are differently-abled like me, experiencing depression from social distancing, or in general want a new outlet for fun and communication social is the much-needed alternative. Being their spokesperson is a dream come true."
"Hi, I’m Lily. I want to be the first Down Syndrome Actress to win an Oscar. Don’t laugh, just read my story, and then I know you will support me on my journey.
My family tells me I could always make people laugh and they were drawn to me. At the age of 6, I began taking drama in school and fell in love. Three years later, I began taking acting classes at a local theater. I wanted to act all the time.
In between all of those roles, I have also been in commercials, short films, non-union films, print ads, and have modeled for a few unbelievable photographers. I love it all! I have found my STAR! It is my passion, my love, my friend. "
"Imagine going out to celebrate your birthday and waking up in a hospital bed unable to move, breathe on your own, and speak. Hi, I'm Josimar and it's a pleasure to share my story.
I have a daily mental battle where I can think about all of the decisions I ever took in my whole life and regretting each of them even if they were good or bad. I have to make myself a better person, I want to help and inspire others."
"I’m Shahrminey Ramaish,19, from Malaysia. Currently, I’m running a small online business. I'm so glad to share my story with y'all.❤️
I was diagnosed with SPINAL CORD TUMOR " L1 - S1 " in July 2017. Surgery is a must to remove the tumor. On the 4th of January 2019, the tumor was removed yet I was informed by the doctors that it can't be removed completely.
The tumor didn’t stop there as it started to grow again since it's a "myxopapillary ependymoma " type. I had to undergo a second surgery on the 7th of August 2019, this time the pain was unbearable but I still tried to manage it. Whatever I do, I definitely need someone’s help.
I continued my studies for 3 months and passed my public exam❤️ 2020, here I am now handling my pain with the aid of morphine. There was a recommendation for radiotherapy by the doctors ❤️ Hopefully I can walk soon and continue my higher education ❤️✨ It is okay to cry, but don't give up. Life has to move forward."
"Ever since I was three years old, my mom knew that I had potential, and she signed me up to attend a regular preschool. And even though people questioned her and disagreed that I was adequate to attend a regular preschool, my mom was determined to show the world what I was capable of. Throughout my education years, I attended regular classes, which meant that I was the only one who had Cerebral Palsy and used a wheelchair for transportation. I interacted with children who were able bodies and did not face any physical challenges. But my classmates did not see me differently.
My name is Yessenia and by sharing my story, I want to let people who have disabilities know that our physical impairment does not define us; we are much more than our disability."
"My name is Sophia Bailor. I love to mountain bike, play and watch soccer, and do anything in nature! I experienced many complex traumatic events as a child, which resulted in my development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
After suffering traumatic leg amputation, hypothermia, tachycardia, hypovolemic shock, and extreme blood loss I was medevacked to Suburban Hospital for arterial repair, then to UMMC Shock Trauma for limb salvage surgery. After 6 hours of surgery to reattach my leg, there was still not much hope that I would regain function. In 9 months I was hospitalized twice, went through intense physical therapy, used an AFO brace, tried dozens of medications, and was still left with excruciating pain and no function return.
I am now proud to say that I am in recovery, both physically and mentally. I want to share my story for other people struggling so that they know they are not alone!"
"My name is Loren. Last September 27th my life was changed drastically when I was involved in a forklift rollover that left me with no pelvic bones whatsoever and the top hinge of my right elbow. Having the choice to live or die with my girlfriend, now fiancée, family, and friends by my side in the hospital gave me the strength to fight to live! So much strength I only ended up spending 3 months in the hospital along with one month in rehab!"
"Hello! My name is Roman Hill (@romans.view), I’m 31 years old and I come from Germany. There are many people in the world with different disabilities and I’m one of them. I have never been able to walk and at the age of about 7 months, I was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. It’s a disease in which the muscles become weaker and weaker over time, which means that you can do fewer things on your own. Therefore, I realized very early that my life wouldn’t be quite "normal".
We don't need pity from society, we just need acceptance and some consideration for our needs such as accessibility."
"Hello! My name is Evgeniya and I'm 22 years old. I was diagnosed with myopathy. I was diagnosed at birth, but not at any point in my life, was I ever desperate.
I have a favorite person, a favorite business. I make crafts, draw pictures, shoot videos for YouTube and surprise people with tattoos! I really love tinkering, and these small things also give meaning to my life. Never despair, because you can find a way out of any situation! I am sending a huge hug to everyone! Remember, you are beautiful regardless of the diagnosis!"
"Abolfazl Portalsh a child for whom disability has no meaning he knows only of ability. He started learning to swim with enthusiasm and perseverance in 2019 and then took a step towards learning sitting volleyball.
In this way, his valuable coaches developed a long-term plan to advance to the 2028 Paralympics. Abolfazl Portalash and his group are interested in participating in national and world swimming competitions and setting world records in the field of physical fitness as a short-term program.
For Abolfazl there is no such thing as I cant! He knows that he can and you can do it too!"