Life Update

Six Fridays without a post, time can sure move rapidly sometimes. Yet ironically enough the past six weeks felt like months. Hard to believe just one month ago I tagged along with my uncle to fly out to Tucson, AZ to visit family, specifically my aunt. Touched by Aunt Ellen’s dedicated support for my writing the last five years, I wished to reciprocate the support via visiting her as she bravely battles leukemia.

So my trip out west held somber roots but the positive person I am left me determined to make the most from the situation. Rather than rescheduling my appearance on Sarah Sweeney’s online radio show Differently Abled, I planned around the live show. You can listen to the archived version here.

John W. Quinn & I

One of my #CPChatNow co-host and fellow author (Someone Like Me) John W. Quinn

Additionally I met John W. Quinn in the flesh, complete with a tour around his office containing the memorabilia one collects serving in the Navy 20 years. Even better I enjoyed the sunny Tucson winters John likes to quip about on social media. In fact between the weather and Aunt Ellen’s uncertain future, I possessed little desire to return to Cleveland.

Finally a week after my return I started regaining my normal day-to-day enthusiasm. Then I received a massively deflating phone call. My good friend Alex Dumas unexpectedly passed away Saturday, February 1st. Every single day the previous 20 days I found myself thinking about Alex. His friendship meant a lot to me. I hope you will take the time to read my Handicap This team blog post about him “A Friendship Transcended Abilities” and watch my video remembering him.

Back on the happy side I managed to begin working with a new client this month, Brilliant or Insane? Fun fact, I know the man behind the blog Mark Barnes because he taught my eighth grade English class, pretty cool right? I’m covering a Cleveland beat for his site. Checkout my first two pieces “Jim Thome Statue- Brilliant or a Shame?” and “Jason Aldean to Play Cleveland’s Progressive Field This Summer.”

Well now you know my whereabouts since January. I look forward to resuming my regular posting schedule. If you can relate to anything I mentioned in today’s post, feel free to share your insights by commenting below.

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#CPChatNow Recap for 02-19-2014

#CPChatNow

Next Live Twitter Chat: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 8pm EST

If you possess any connection to the cerebral palsy (CP) community, I encourage you to join our weekly live Twitter chat #CPChatNow Wednesdays at 8pm EST. Last night saw riveting conversation on everything from Handicap This Productions’ Web TV series and disability in film to dating and the pressures CP places on each gender. Personally though what I felt stood out the most revolves around the actions our chats drive.

Walk of Hope for Cerebral Palsy

Walk of Hope for Cerebral Palsy Logo

Hannah also shared a pretty awesome fun fact with everyone.

Reuniting Former Classmates

Like the Walk of Hope for Cerebral Palsy Facebook page to stay updated on Hannah and Alena’s event progress. Moving forward to last night’s riveting discussion, disability in film received much attention.

Disability in Cinema Disability in Cinema Inquiry Part II

John Quinn on Actors with Disabilities

Zachary Fenell on Actors with Disabilities

Lacking Opportunities for Disabled Actors

Guild for Disabled Actors the Answer

Ryan also created a lot discussion by asking about how men and women handle disabilities.

Gender Difference Inquiry Gender Difference Inquiry Part II

Alan's Gender Response P1Alan's Gender Response P2Alan's Gender Response P3

Equal Gender Pressures

Models with Disabilities

Also worth noting while wrapping up this recap, we shared t-shirt ideas last night. By making t-shirts we aim to help spread CP awareness. Please submit your ideas to our Facebook page Cerebral Palsy Twitter Chat #CPChatNow.

CP is Sexy T-Shirt Idea

Until next week remember those words from Tim Wambach.

“We can make anything happen!”

#CPChatNow Recap for 02-05-2014

#CPChatNow

Next Live Twitter Chat: Wednesday,February 12th, 2014 8pm EST

With each passing week I am increasingly impressed by the supportive and helpful nature emerging from the #CPChatNow community. In a way these weekly recaps provide evidence John Quinn, Handicap This, and my continual praise for the community remains well deserved.

You know what else demonstrates we started something special? The fact an imposter surfaced.

  @CPChatNow Account Warning

If you know anything about the person behind the account, please contact us on our Facebook page. Make sure to congratulate John too on his continued success promoting CP awareness.

John Quinn Magazine Spread

Green Bay CP Telethon

Feel free to wish Mike Berkson a belated Happy Birthday too.

Mike Berkson turned 25 years old February 4th.

Enough about us though. #CPChatNow works because we all find connection through shared experiences.

Walking with Hot Beverages

Awkward Staring

These commonalities turn #CPChatNow into a place to find emotional support and practical advice.

Rejected Accommodation

Appeal Process

Advice to Keep Warm

My Advice to Keep Warm

Sometimes we need to seek encouragement.

Handicap This Advice on Fear

John's Insights on Fear

Think big but remember thinking only begins your journey.

When plans fall apart improvise, adapt, and overcome

Together we can keep making Hump Day enjoyable! 😉

Enjoy Wednesday Nights with #CPChatNow

*Note to my regular Off Balanced blog readers, I will resume my Friday postings tomorrow, explaining my infrequent schedule recently and teasing information on some content I’m currently working on.