I love Gianna. (Background: Jessen has the “gift of cerebral palsy” and walks with a limp.)
Her tweet above reminds me of my response when people ask me “why don’t you use an electric wheelchair (it’s easier, you can move faster, etc…)?” “Because I can use my hands and arms,” I say.
Maybe it’s prideful, but I’ve discovered that when a disability takes so much away from you, you relish the things that you still can do…even if they do require a little more effort.
And, yes, you also relish proving to others that you’re not as broken or helpless as they think you are.
On a related note: this is a nice little video from Australia on Living With a Spinal Cord Injury.
There’s still so much we can do!