My new wheels…

(NOTE: This post is an update to this post – if you want some context, read this first) Pretty exciting times around the Hyjek household yesterday! I picked up my new wheelchair and it’s pretty sweet!  I bought it from a place here in London called Precision Home Medical Equipment. Totally unsolicited plug for them, but if you’re in the…

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October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock all these years, but I didn’t know that October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. Not a big deal I suppose, because apparently October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Autism Awareness Month, Down Syndrome Awareness, SIDS Awareness Month…as well as a number of other conditions. Every illness needs a month of awareness apparently……

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It’s all about perspective…

Every story has at least 2 sides and it’s always fascinating to look at the 2 (or more) sides to a story or situation and try to understand the “other” view. We all look at a situation and only see it from one perspective, which leads to walking around blind to the other perspective without even realizing it. As a…

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“My grace is sufficient for you…”

UPDATE – October 2019.  It’s funny how life goes sometimes. When I wrote this post below, I was feeling a little down about life and my mobility issues. We weren’t in a position to purchase a wheelchair at the time and I was discouraged. Then, over the course of several months and a few different, totally unrelated circumstances, the Lord…

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“Does he need a menu?”

It seems like an honest question, posed by a waitress when we were somewhere in the Southern U.S. about 10 years ago. We walked into the restaurant and waited to be seated. The waitress came over, greeted Joy (she was standing in front of me) and then asked: “Does HE need a menu?” Apparently, I’m HE…!?!? I’m sure the young…

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Where are people with disabilities hiding?

From the time I was born until the time I turned 18 or 19 years old, I was involved with 2 organizations that helped me and my parents deal with the issues that having Spina Bifida brings. The first was the Thames Valley Children’s Centre in London, Ontario and the other was the Rotary Children’s Place in Sarnia – which…

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So…What do you have?

Sometimes having a disability is like the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it’s there, but no one wants to say anything. It’s just awkward. Here’s a scenario that happens to everyone. You meet someone via email or telephone and you develop a mental picture of what that person looks like, or, if you’re like me – a bit nosey,…

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