Update from Laura’s Writing Chair

I have introduced Laura few months ago – she is my friend who has cerebral palsy and writes from her wheelchair. I will not hesitate to admit that she motivates me on regular basis.

Laura has a blog website where she posts her thoughts.. and then some. Her latest post deserves to be shared – and I felt compelled to comment on it as well. It really got me thinking after I read a comment on Laura’s blog from J. I had numerous discussions with Laura on what she should blog about, what she should share and how she could be helping others. Funny – we both thought that the “helping others” meant helping those in a similar situation. Then I realized something – it is quite possible that she could be very helpful to people who are not challenged in the same way.

 

Read Laura’s Blog: Kids Always Say What They Want To:

So – J. feels that she is not different and her comment does make sense to a certain degree. What I am saying is that I am different – and I am not confined to a wheelchair. I am a mom, grandma, wife, friend…. And I believe that we are all different – in a different way. No two people on the face of this Earth are the same – and honestly – that is a good thing!

Bottom line: we can all learn from each other. Wheelchair or no wheelchair. All we have to do is keep our eyes and most importantly – our minds opened.

Here is my message to those in a wheelchair: next time you find yourself being stared at or ignored or being in any other unfitting situation – speak up and ask if there is anything that person wants to ask you. If you are ignored – definitely speak up (and honestly, I am surprised Laura didn’t, because she is pretty much never lost for words!)

And here is my message to those who are not in a wheelchair : next time you have a question – Ask it! And the next time you don’t know how to approach or to deal with a person in a wheelchair, please allow him or her to make you more comfortable and tell them!

So – that’s my opinion. If you have a different one, I would – as would Laura – love to hear from you!

About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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