If you’re reading this, you are either a friend of mine, you saw my documentary on TLC/Discovery Health Channel called, “Paralyzed and Pregnant”, or you simply stumbled upon my blog. Whatever the reason, I am thrilled to have you read along on my journey, as I tell the world what is happening in my day-to-day life as a disabled 40 year old mother of an extremely bright 4-yearold son named, Pierce. It is sure to be an adventure, and quite different from the way most people live their lives.
I am beginning this blogging experience on a hot and humid Spring day in mid May, lying in bed on my side, where I do all of my computer work from. You see, I have been a quadriplegic since a 1993 diving injury at age 23, which I survived with limited use of my arms and hands, but no voluntary movement below my chest. Since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed of having a child ofmy own. As an adoptee, I have always found biological connections fascinating, and finally, despite complications from my pregnancy making me more disabled, I have the child I had always wanted. His name is Pierce, and he turned 4 in October of 2009. He goes to Pre-K each day, which allows me to shower and take care of a few things each morning before he arrives home. After that, it’s time to play, eat lunch, take a nap, a bath, and play anywhere in between. He is a typical, healthy and hyper child, who is usually looking for something fun to get into.
We have an update to our original documentary airing this Sunday, which I have been waiting six months to see. By law, I am not allowed to see it until the rest of the world does, too. The new show, Paralyzed and Pregnnt: 4 Years Later, celebrates Pierce turning 4, as well as me turning 40 the following month. It also discusses my current divorce, which I am struggling to cope with, and the health issues which keep me bed ridden most of the day. I am extremely nervous about this show airing because there are a lot of negative things that are happening in my life right now. The first show was nothing but joyous, detailing my wonderful marriage, and the birth of my son. I am uncertain about how the world will perceive these new issues, and even what my soon-to-be ex-husband said while being filmed. In just two short days, all of my issues will be out in the open, available for anyone and everyone in the world to judge. However, as good or as bad as things may be, this is my life and my reality. My job is to be a strong and positive role (roll) model for Pierce, so I refuse to focus on any negative outside sources. My daily focus is on him, and teaching him everything that I can before my time here is through, so that he can survive in the world without me one day.
Pierce is waking up from his nap, so I must close for now. I’ll be back soon, because I have a lot to share!