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A serious case of puppy fever

This past Sunday was the day. The day I had been waiting for for 10 weeks – puppy pick-up day! I’m not sure how I’m ever going to wait nine months if I’m pregnant — way, way in the future — when these 10 weeks felt like forever. I met this little puppy back in mid-September when she was only four days old and have been waiting (eagerly) to bring her home ever since.

I’ve always been a dog lover. When I was little, I wrote my parents a long letter persuading them to let me get our dog Hazel, a 10-year-old yellow lab: ‘Dear Mom, dogs are very holy animals. Dog is God spelled backwards!’ Well, this time it didn’t take too much convincing. Sometimes you just have to play the wheelchair card! Continue reading “A serious case of puppy fever”

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Little victories.

Before my spinal cord injury, it never crossed my mind whether or not a place was wheelchair accessible. Why would it? It wasn’t something that affected my life (or hardly anyone I knew). But now that I’m in a wheelchair, I have to think about it all the time. Are there stairs to get in the place? Are the tables too low? Too high? Will I be in the way? Will someone have to help me get out of my chair? Every time I go somewhere new for the first time — the dentist, the hair salon, a doctor’s office, a restaurant — it’s an adventure. And sometimes it actually gives me a bit of anxiety. Continue reading “Little victories.”

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Finding my new normal.

It’s crazy how life can change in the blink of an eye. But most of us in the SCI community know this all too well.

Hi! I’m Mary.

In May 2017, I graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communications. In June, I started my first ‘big girl’ job at a public relations agency. And in July, I started looking for my first post-college apartment in Philadelphia. Everything was going according to plan.

Until suddenly it wasn’t. Continue reading “Finding my new normal.”

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Surprise! I (finally) made a blog.

After about a year of talking about it, I finally did it. I made a blog! I have a long list of excuses I thought about writing in this introduction as to why it’s taken me so dang long. But let’s just skip past all that nonsense. This blog has been delayed enough already.

To be honest, I think the real reason I’ve been putting it off for so long is that I’ve been scared. I don’t open up to friends or family very easily, let alone the Internet. Never have, but especially now that my life is so different. Writing has always been my way of putting myself out there. And now, I’m finally ready to share.

My hope for this blog/diary/website is that it will help me be more open about what’s happened to me. And hopefully, give others a glimpse of what life is like living with a severe spinal cord injury.

So, welcome! Here you will find random life ramblings, recovery updates, videos from my therapy sessions, and pretty much whatever else I feel like posting. If you want to know more about me, head on over to my About Me page or stick around (and stop by again!) to read my posts.

~ mary