Enlightening Stories and Features
Sunny California Native Goes Green and Back to her Roots with Garden Project
Donnella Whitacre has a free and gratitude based spirit that has found the true joy in the nature, beauty, and life that is represented in her growing garden.
A true Southern California girl, with sunshine in her hair and the beautiful blue of the sky in her eyes, Donnella decided to begin to plant her garden in June of 2013. Her motivation came from a friend, who had an organic garden he invited her to experience. Since then, her garden has become a very important part of her life, and it shows in her story and images.
PUSHLiving interviewed Donnella, and we hope you enjoy her insight, advice and love for her Garden Life!
When I was newly injured and just starting to date again, I realized fairly quickly that I got less attention being in the chair, than I did before. Just when I was getting a little down my mom told me, “Honey, that wheelchair is like a weed eater. Those men that don’t want you because of your chair, you shouldn't want any way. Can you imagine if you had married one of those guys before your accident, had your accident, and they leave you in your darkest hour?” DING! The light bulb went off, and I had not only come to terms with my weed eater, but I loved it.
I take discrimination personally, I know first-hand what discrimination feels like and this is the reason I feel so strongly that the US ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, know as the CRPD is a critical piece of the inclusion solution of all people into the puzzle we call society. Of the seven billion people, one billion, are people with disabilities, a full 15% of the global population. Right now we have an opportunity support the ratification effort in the US.
By Candace Cable
Paralympian in 3 Sports, 12 time Medalist, Inclusion Activist.
What is a girl to do, when she falls in love and has to travel 4600 miles to see her new love??
Well, first time I laid my eyes on a handsome Oracing wheelchair, I shared it on my facebook page as if it was a girl’s favorite new designer shoes, hot actor, or some other highly coveted thing we love. For this "Push Girl," this chair has all the hot good looks and stable, strong build a girl can depend on! Plus there was that mysterious and exotic foreign birthplace, and I was looking for something uncommon, as I was tired of being limited by the same old chairs "next door." I craved some variety! So I set my sites on how to make my way to Spain and meet my new love in person!
Profiles in Online Dating: Woman with Disabilities Share Their Road Back to Love, Lust and Empowerment
Feisty, 20 Something, C-5-6, Independent, Professional: Wants to "get out there, try new things, meet new people, laugh and have fun!" “My hope is that you will get to know who I am fairly quickly by reading my introduction and following my video blog, and more than anything I hope they help disprove the stereotypes that are out there regarding relationships with people with disabilities.”
How Pain Can Kill - the Autonomic Nervous System Can Create Havoc in Response to Pain Stimulus in Those with Spinal Cord Injuries
PushLiving.com usually focuses on positive Lifestyle, Travel and Inclusion features. However, we want to take a moment now to educate our readers regarding how all three of these and your very life could be taken as a result of one sudden medical crisis. You could go from being perfectly fine to your body literally turning on you and creating a chain reaction that could lead to stroke or death. If you have a T-6 or above spinal cord injury or disorder, or you know someone who does, please take a moment to read and share this important, potentially lifesaving, information.