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  If you are wondering how it should feel to be living a life the best thing to do is look inside yourself.  Everyone has their own definition of what living is, and only you know how you think your life should be.  Many people may try to tell you how to live your life but only you know what's best for you. Always think about your options and what kind of life suits you…

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Open_Your_Eyes

  Open your eyes to new opportunities and your life may never take a dull direction again!  Far too often people decide to let loose of the reins and just let fate take them where it will.  It may always be easier to do nothing, but by not making any decisions at all the place you end up may not be a happy one.  Many people just sit at home with nothing to do, and…

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The_Silent_Scream_Artist_Notes

The title of this piece has been in my head for a long time, which is usually the case for my conceptual paintings.  I'm not just copying a photograph; I am laying out a huge concept in two-dimensional form. Loosely, The Silent Scream represents those who cannot speak out for themselves, like persons with disabilities.  The idea of this painting initially grows from an ugly premise; persons with disabilities are often held prisoner by their…

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How_to_Live_Life:_Open_the_Curtains

One of the most difficult feelings to deal with for one who has a physical disability, I think, is the gradual resentment that grows within a family member when they provide the personal care.  Caring for someone every day and doing the same things tends to get very monotonous, and the burdensome feeling that arises when this situation continues without relief can be very hurtful to the person needing care.  Imagine, if you will, that…

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Ear_Pillow

This may sound strange, but I actually enjoy sleeping in one position all night -- even though I do get a little stiff.  If I can get in the perfect position, that's where I want to stay.  I certainly don't want to wake up a couple hours later in discomfort, and it's no fun waking up a caregiver.  If they are sleepy or unhappy, you never know what position you'll end up in. 

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By JOHN L. SMITH LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Consider one day in the life of artist Karen Wheeler. It takes her at least four hours with assistance to move a few feet from her bed to her workplace inside her Henderson home. At 57, she lives with the debilitating effects of spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy. Like a serial thief, it has robbed Wheeler of nearly everything but her indefatigable spirit, artist’s soul…

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The purpose of this site is twofold. The first reason for its creation is to help and share with those who are somehow stifled by their life situation. They may have a disability or they may be elderly, but the stories shared here are true and they actually happened. These stories may give people who are trapped ideas on how to change their position or environment to have a better life. For those who feel they have no power or choice in anything, our hope is they will see how self-empowerment can be achieved by taking a few risks and grasping the power that was theirs all along. Being human is one thing; feeling like an equal human is everything.

The second purpose of this site is to open the eyes of the able-bodied and help educate them about those with physical disabilities. Family, caregivers, medical staff, educators -- the list is endless, and we are offering insight to those who have no clue about how many persons with disabilities feel. For those who care, they will learn about the suffocating situations many tolerate because of the power of those in charge. For those who don't care, your secrets are revealed. People with disabilities will spot your hidden agendas from miles away and hopefully you'll never again be able to hold someone down because they may be physically or emotionally weaker.

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Artist expresses patience in coping with disability

By JOHN L. SMITH LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Consider one day in the life of artist Karen Wheeler. It takes her at least four hours with assistance to move a few feet from her bed to her workplace inside her Henderson home. At 57, she lives with the debilitating effects of spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy. Like a serial thief, it has robbed Wheeler of nearly everything but her indefatigable spirit, artist’s soul and sense of humor. “About…
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The_Silent_Scream_Artist_Notes

The Silent Scream Artist Notes

The title of this piece has been in my head for a long time, which is usually the case for my conceptual paintings.  I'm not just copying a photograph; I am laying out a huge concept in two-dimensional form. Loosely, The Silent Scream represents those who cannot speak out for themselves, like persons with disabilities.  The idea of this painting initially grows from an ugly premise; persons with disabilities are often held prisoner by their own life conditions.  It is…
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A_Free_Country?

A Free Country?

 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Federal Lawsuit Filed to Keep Young Broncos Fan With Muscular Dystrophy From Being Forced Out of His Family Home Into An Institution SACRAMENTO, CA – Against all odds, Pablo Carranza reached age 21in September.  A part-time community college student and avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Pablo has severe muscular dystrophy.  He can only move one finger independently, but he uses it all day long to type assignments for his online courses or to tweet encouragement…
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Bringing the Real World to Dale

The other day I saw that my friend, Dale Dulaney, was online so I decided to connect with him on Skype to see how he was doing.  If you read my other article called "Bringing the World to Dale",  you know about a friend of Dale's contacting me after reading an article about me in the paper.  Dale has Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and uses an iron lung, and wanted to know if I could help him get a computer he…
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About_"Is_Different_Wrong?"

About "Is Different Wrong?"

 Being different isn't wrong at all in my opinion.  In fact, everyone is different, which means being different should be considered right.  It's like people saying they are perfect, but I believe the truth is that no one is perfect.  How boring this world would be if we were all perfect and not different!
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What's_up_Doc?

What's up Doc?

 I just read an article about how nearly one third of all doctors won't see new Medicaid patients.   Most people with disabilities have Medicaid as their secondary insurance because it is the main supplement insurance that picks up what ever the main insurance won't cover.  For as long as I can remember, being on Medicaid has always worried me.  I used to tell a doctor I liked in California that if he would use any measures necessary to keep me…
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