Abis Got Wheels!
Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hey! My name is Abi, I’m 25 and from the UK. I have a genetic muscle wasting disease called Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy which affects the girdle muscles.
I didn’t start developing symptoms until I was around 16 years old, so I have only been using a powerchair for the past year or so.
I love drawing, reading and playing video games in my spare time.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
When I was diagnosed with my condition, I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know how I’d go on and whether my life was worth living. Now I know this is because of how disabled people are shown to us throughout our lives. The media prefers to show people with disabilities as depressed, unlovable, and are often used to make able-bodied people feel better about themselves.
How is this supposed to make those with disabilities feel about themselves?
I like to be upfront and honest with my blogging, and I like to show others that there is another side to disability. One where you can be happy, unique and loved. One where your voice matters and deserves to be heard.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
Myself! I look at far how I’ve come with my mindset towards being disabled, and I just know I can keep improving.
With the help of my powerchair, I’m doing things I was too terrified to do before! I now love travelling, visiting new places and experimenting with fashion.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
This is a great question as I was 16 when my body started to get weaker. I wish I could tell myself that I was going to be okay... that I didn’t have to worry about how others would see me, and that using a wheelchair would be one of the best things that’ll happen to me!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
That this is an uphill battle, but you don’t have to do it all alone! There are others in similar situations that you can speak to, and others in completely different situations that are more than willing to help and listen.
It takes a lot to ask for help, I’ve been there myself... but you can do it.