|(This story begins when I'm in 7th grade, and
continues through my 21st
birthday. Don't worry, I'll keep you posted about my life as I live
I'm happy that you stopped by to visit. My name is Ashley, and I have
palsy. That's a problem that you can't catch, but one that makes it
hard for me to do things that are really easy for you. Like drinking
a cup, or speaking so that people can understand me.
been the only wheelchair user in my school since preschool, and now I'm
in the 7th grade! I can't walk because I was born too early, so instead
of my legs, I use the wheelchair to get me where I want to go.
I get speeding tickets for going too fast!! I've got to tell you that
really drives me nuts when kids fool with the joystick on my chair. If
you know someone who has a wheelchair, I hope that you'll ask if it's
before you investigate it.
had to miss a lot of school because of operations. Just last year I had
an really long operation, a spinal fusion, and I missed three months of
school. Luckily, I love to spend time on the computer, so I had plenty
to do. I also love to enter contests, and have even won quite a few of
year one of my teachers kept hurting my feelings. She would tell the
who were goofing off and acting rough on the chairs, that if they
careful, they would end up in wheelchairs, and their lives would be
That really stunk. And this was my health teacher!! Also, when we were
in health we were talking about rabid animals, and the teacher said
drool, one of the boys, a real jerk, said, "oh, Ashley must be rabid,
she drools." This really hurt my feelings, and embarrassed me. Can you
believe that he would say something so mean? I don't drool that much,
believe me, I can't help it!
a lot of friends in school, and I am very involved in my church, my
group, and girl scouts. I was even on student council in 5th grade. You
can see that I'm really busy, and that I try not to let my medical
get in the way! I just wish kids would invite me over to hang out. I
that their homes aren't wheelchair accessible, but I could hang out on
a nice day outside. Luckily, I have a few friends who do invite me
And boys? Well, I wish that they'd ask me out on a date!
enjoy listening to cds and the radio. My mom keeps me active, I must
I have done adaptive skiing, horseback riding, ice skating, wave
boating, fishing, sledding, and roller coasters. I feel lucky that I
parents who are into helping me do most everything that anyone else can
am a sports nut, I LOVE hockey, the Boston Bruins are my favorite!!!!
I grow up, I want to be a sports journalist. Then I would get to enjoy
my sports, and have a good paying job!! I am also hoping to be a
model. My little brother is a model in Boston, and I would love to do
too. Wish me luck!
time-- I am 17 now...has the time ever flown by! I go to a school
with other kids who are physically disabled, and my new school has a
program that is open to absolutely everyone...it is great. I can
now play wheelchair soccer, football, hockey, or just about anything
So much fun.
what...I went to a prom at my school last year, and was
ever the best. I invited a friend of mine from camp, and we had a
blast. This year I am in the school play...and on student
As you can see, there are many activities to participate in at my new
This is my second year there, and I have made some great friends.
They come over and hang out sometimes, and call me on the phone a
I have gotten a few chances to audition in Boston for some commercials
from my brother's modeling agent, but haven't had any luck yet.
so, it is exciting.
Almost September, and have I ever grown up. Believe it or not, I am now
21 (celebrated my birthday a week ago). I am in my last year of
training at Mass. Hospital School. I have started a job at the
school where I take orders for lunch and snacks, and I deliver them
throughout the school. Pay, plus tips, plus I enjoy the work (and the
socialization that goes along with it)...it doesn't get much
better! I still live at home with my mom, and I am in the process
this year of looking for an apartment, hopefully with a roommate.
I have a nice boyfriend, Ryan, who also uses a wheelchair. I have
started using a transportation system known as "The Ride", for disabled
people in Massachusetts. I call them and schedule a pick up and
drop off. The service is reasonably priced and it gives me much more
freedom than I otherwise would have.
Thanks for checking in on me, my friends!
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Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
New York 10468
updated: August 30, 2005