What Owner Has To Say About 14 Years As A Quadriplegic

Working with disability

This was originally posted on Facebook and will be updated on the 25th Of March On the exact date the incident occurred.

It has been an amazing 14 years and I’ve discovered a lot of good things, bad things, and things to learn from. Would I change it if I could? I’d be lying to you if I were saying I don’t think about this often? When it comes to the freedom of doing what you want when you want and the fact of having your own mobility to be able to have the world opened back up to you, yes that would be nice. However, when it comes to these fantastic people that I’ve met or even the relationship that my father, my hero, and I have had throughout these 14 years it makes the question very hard whether it would be worth losing all the things I’ve gained over 14 years.

Speaking with many other quadriplegics over the years when they were first injured has been a rewarding experience and a hard one with many tears shed with their family members and them themselves. I have finally learned to not worry about what other people are staring at when I am in public, but to be proud of who I am. I’m open as a book. Some people may not like talking about their disabilities or get angry when you ask them questions, which ruins it for me because I like speaking with young kids and other adults when they ask me why are you in that wheelchair. Especially the younger kids, because I get a chance to let them know about pool safety and what to do and not to do.

Having a disability & working

A few of you may know or not know this, but after I broke my neck I started my own adventure in web design to try to start to be productive and see if it’s possible to have a career in my situation. After 14 years of having a disability and being a self-taught web and graphic designer, I have actually had the pleasure of mentoring three particular individuals who have changed my life which by watching them grow into their own careers in web design. It’s been a difficult amazing time over the last 14 years as a quadriplegic.

I don’t want everybody to think that it’s just rainbows and sunshine because it’s not. It’s actually a very difficult life that consistently throws curve balls at me left and right. Most recently dealing with two-year bedsore that almost took my life. I believe God’s got bigger plans for what they are I don’t know, but I’ll be here and ready for them when that time comes.

Thank you for reading this and thank you for your friendship over the last 14 years,
Chase

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