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Summer reflections

The past month or so has been busy, busy, busy and I have many updates to share with you all. But first, here’s a funny story from our recent family trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina about a month ago. After nine hours of all of us driving in the van — cramped and up to our ears in bags, suitcases, and an extra wheelchair — we were all so relieved to have made it to our sunny destination. Personally, I was just relieved that we made it all the way there without killing each other! Just kidding.

So, we parked the car and the fam hopped out one by one. My Mom went to open the passenger side door where the wheelchair ramp is and it wouldn’t budge. I was stuck. ‘Oh, fantastic!’ I thought. I suddenly found myself struck with anxiety and claustrophobia. I needed some fresh air. Luckily, we found a nearby mechanic who fixed us up and freed me, however, I’m fairly certain the van is cursed. My friend Alex and I were going out for dinner the other day and the door nearly fell off! One of these days this van is going to spontaneously combust or something.

Aside from some initial car trouble, we had a really nice time. This was actually the first family vacation we’ve all taken together in a long time. We were supposed to go down to the Outer Banks in North Carolina about two years ago, but yours truly messed that one up by having a stroke. Oops. The whole resort in Hilton Head was extremely accessible. There were even a couple nearby beaches equipped with beach mats, so I could roll right down to the shoreline. Here’s a picture of us during one of the many unsuccessful, mother-forced photoshoots. It was pretty windy.

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Road Trip 2.0

In July, my mom, my Auntie Amy, and I loaded up our giant, red wheelchair van and drove all the way to Florida. Eleven hundred miles! I was going down for a week of therapy with an SCI guru named Ken Bryant (and a little fun, too). It was a long, hot drive, but totally worth it to relax on gorgeous Clearwater Beach and float in a pool a year after my SCI. (Check out the picture below of me in a super stylish beach wheelchair). In mid-October, my mom and I embarked on our second major road trip since I’ve been in a wheelchair. This time we went somewhere not quite as warm as we headed off to see my best friend, Erin, in Chicago!

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