Saturday, March 21, 2015

Advantages of being in a wheelchair

...yes, I said advantages! 

You might not realize this, but there are advantages to being in a wheelchair. My family and I are always making a list.

1. I always have a comfortable seat
2. No one steps on my feet
3. My shoes stay really nice
4. Rock star parking
5. I don't sprain my ankle or stub my toe
6. People remember me
7. Sometimes I don't have to wait in lines
8. Wheelchair seating is often close to the floor or stage
9. People have to cook for me and get me stuff that I need
10. My parents can't make me take out the garbage or do laundry

I prefer to focus on things I CAN do rather than things I CAN'T do. Life can be really frustrating and hard sometimes so if you always look on the bright side, it can make it easier. 

I LOVE March Madness!

Remember, I have a new website, too.cpsowhat.weebly.com
I took a webpage design class last semester so I made that website!

My next post will be on how you should treat people with disabilities when you meet them. 

Later,
Jack


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Since it is a new year, it's going to be a good time to set some goals for yourself. One of my goals for this year is to walk in a permanent walker and not need my wheelchair as much anymore. That will probably not happen but it is still good to try. Anything is possible! By trying stuff, it makes you stronger physically and mentally. Do not give up on your goals! Always try. Another good New Years resolution would be to try new things. If you can't do it, oh well, at least you tried. You don't know what might happen until you try.

Giving up is like someone not wanting to have a happy life. You have to try to be happy! I know that it is sometimes easy to give up and really hard to keep trying but it's worth it. 

"A champion is someone who gets up even when they can't."
-Natalie Rogers

This quote is on a wall at my school and I love it. I am so inspired by these words. This quote means that if you try, you are a champion even when you are not successful. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Loving life!

     Hi everybody! School is going great this year! I am a Sophomore now. Homecoming was a couple  of weeks ago and it was great. 
     At school, I have a walker now. I use it during Adaptive P.E. I love that class. my teacher is so awesome and I have a lot of friends in there. One time, we played kick ball in P.E. and I walked all around the bases in my walker. It was really hard work and I felt so proud of myself. I also played badminton in my walker with a couple of my friends helping me. If I can do this, I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. That means that anyone who is disabled can do so many things that they might not think they can do. 
     Hey guess what? The other day I went fishing with two of my friends. I caught a fish! It was so fun and I can't wait to go again. 
Later dudes and dudettes,
Jack

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Talkitt SO COOL!

WOW! My Aunt sent this link to my mom today and I want everyone to know about it! This app could change my life and could help a lot of people with disabilities. Watch the videos, read all about it and donate if you can! If you want to donate, that would be wonderful.
Later dudes and dudettes!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/talkitt-this-is-my-voice


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ice bucket challenge!

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I accepted and completed the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was challenged by my cousin, Chase.  My family made a donation to John Paul II Medical Research Institute. It is an organization that is researching cures for ALS and other diseases.

People that have ALS really suffer. In some ways, it is like CP but CP doesn't get worse. I've seen some things on TV about people with ALS and many of them use communication devices like mine. The guy that started the ice bucket challenge, Pete Frates, even uses a communication device with eye gaze like mine. I did the ice challenge to show my support of people that have ALS.
Later,
Jack
P.S. That water was really cold!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Determination


     DETERMINATION is composed of three things. I bet you're wondering what those three things are, right? Okay, I'll tell you. Determination is made of patience, toughness and will. 
     Patience is the most important component, and the hardest part. It is based on the time and sometimes it takes forever for something to happen or to get what you want. If you have a disability, you need patience. A lot of things can be so frustrating like when people don't understand you or they treat you like a baby. I really hate that when that happens, but I don't ever give up. 
     You need to have toughness to have determination. Mental toughness and physical toughness are both keys to determination. When you are having a bad day, you have to forget about it and move on. That is mental toughness, it's hard to move on. Physical toughness is when it hurts, but you do it anyway, or your muscles don't do what they're  supposed to do, but you try and try. 
     Willingness to do something is the third part of determination. It determines how much you want it. If you want to do something really bad, you are likely to be more determined to get it done. You can do just about anything if you want it bad enough. 
     Determination is all I am about. I have achieved so much through determination. I did this by being patient, tough and willing. 

     "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
~ Og Mandino




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Therapy

     If you have some kind of therapy, you need to work hard in it. I have Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy (PT in the water) and Speech Therapy. As you can imagine, this keeps me busy! All of them help my life be easier. So, I try my hardest during each therapy session. They help me move better, talk better and eat better. If you don't work hard in therapy, you might as well stay home. The therapists can only help you if you try. There have been many times where I've been able to do something that I couldn't before. That is an awesome feeling! Always work hard. Otherwise, there is no point. Try making it fun. Challenge yourself. I always ask my therapists to time me. I like to compete with myself. So, here's a shout out to Sharon, Wendy and Amy, my current therapists. Thanks for all you do for me. Thanks to all the therapists I've had in the past…Nancy, Patti, Mandy,  Rema, Elizabeth, Maeve, Hailey, Tina…and all the rest that I've had in and out of school.

     “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 
― Maya Angelou

     I encounter many defeats but they only make me stronger and make me work harder. I never give up. I choose to focus on what I CAN do, not what I can't do. There are 
NO LIMITS  in my house! 
Later dudes and dudettes,
Jack