Thank you taking the time to start reading my blog. My name is John and I currently live in the Atlanta area. I moved from Oakwood, GA after my accident when I was in my early 20's to get away, and start a new life. It would also let me be who I was wanting to be in a more accepting community. I have a dual degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications with a minor in English. I was the co-founder of the first Disability organization at Georgia State University, and it is still going strong. I was a very strong advocate for students with disabilities, and made time to listen to any issues a student had with a Professor or the University. I volunteered at the wheelchair tennis event when the Paralympics came to Atlanta in 1996. Everything I write comes from the heart. It shows the passion that I have, and the way that I express myself.
I decided to start this blog to talk about my journey, the struggles I experienced and how I overcame them, and the obstacles I had to crush in order to make a way. I want to give you the advice that I had to research. I asked a lot of questions!!
Some of my friends and family would tell me that I needed to share my story to educate, motivate, and inspire everyone from what I have been through the past 30+ years. I have had five surgeries since I was 17 yrs old, and every time I get back up and start my life again! Or at least start where I finished!
My goal is to let everyone know how much you are in control of your life you are. It's how I saw things for the future, and how I was going to take them. I am a very strong person, and who could also say I am stubborn at times. I did not like to ask for help, and if I can do it by myself I will. At times I may need a little help just to be on the safe side.
You were saved just like I was for a reason. I love to share my story to people because they get that look in their eyes like, "Oh my gosh. You made it through!" And they tell me, "You were saved for a reason." That statement also got me to thinking.
Nothing in my life has never been simple! I did not grow up with the "silver spoon" in my mouth. Things started going downhill my Sophomore and Junior year in highschool.
My step-dad and I were talking on the phone and, he said he has people around him throughout the day. One man said, "Oh my wife has to have some surgery..." He replied' "Oh no...let me tell you my son has had some REAL surgeries!"
When a friend and I were having breakfast to discuss some event planning for the Atlanta Pride Run I was telling him about my injuries and everything I have been through. He replied, "We take so much for granted. I have never met someone so compassionate as you." I smiled.
I am a very strong advocate for disability rights. I will push and fight for a person with a disability until the end. I took some Paralegal courses at Emory University, and I am currently working on a certification as an ADA Coordinator.If your company needs any training about the ADA please contact me! I am also a motivational speaker, and enjoy sharing my story.
As a visitor here, you are part of a fantastic and thriving community. Companies and people are going to recognize that the disabled community has human rights. If you have a comment about anything, need a question answered, or anything please write it. It helps me and it might help someone answer. I will do the best to provide advice.
Thank you so much for being part of my exciting community and extended family! There are plenty of ways that you can become involved in activities and sports that I am involved in my spare time. I am working on adding a second page to my Facebook account, and I am doing the same with Instagram. A newsletter will be coming soon.
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