Hey! I'm Ashley from sunny Los Angeles and I'm 20 years old. In utero my vertebrate strangled my spinal cord causing me to be paralyzed since birth. My diagnosis is rare and is often compared to someone with a spinal cord injury. All my life I wanted to be seen as "normal," but I have never let my wheelchair stop me from living my life. My family and friends have never treated me any different and I often forget I'm even in a wheelchair!
Giving Back to Those With Paralysis
I'm currently in my third year of college in a sorority, and try to peer mentor others who have recently been paralyzed. When I graduate in a few years, I plan to go to law school and become a litigation lawyer. I live near the beach so I love to surf, paddle, and all around tan on the sand with my friends! I also love fashion, makeup, and shopping!
Beyond the Frustrating Moments of Paralysis
I think of my wheelchair as just an accessory to my outfits. Traveling is something else I love to do, whether it is with family or friends. I have already visited 15 different countries. I strive to end the stereotypes of those with disabilities and want to show everyone to not let your disability get in your way of achieving your dreams. All though I have had my fair share of frustrating moments due to being paralyzed, I would not change being in a wheelchair because it has shaped me into the person I am today! 🌟