I've been trying to think of one word that describes the SBA conference 2016 that I just recently attended out in Minnesota. One word that can best characterize my feelings toward all the sessions, people and the crucial roles they each of them play in the bigger picture we call â€śSpina Bifidaâ€ť and I havenâ€™t been able to. I believe the SBAâ€™s conference theme, â€śBeyond all limitsâ€ť says it all and says a lot. So much! It's hard for me to even gather my thoughts to write this. However, I know that from experiences is how we help others and each of us with Spina Bifida has been given a great responsibility to teach others, without us even realizing that we are. From our lives, doctors learn how to push boundaries and take risk, to help us reach our full potential. Medical professionals work tirelessly since the day we are born, trying to make our lives as rich as possible. And most importantly our families, since day one have been on our side battling every single battle, so we can have a chance to win the war. I canâ€™t express enough the importance my family had and still has in my life. I canâ€™t thank them enough for the long nights, stressful days and sacrifices they have made just so I can be here.Â There is so much power in that. I truly believe that being born with spina bifida has strengthen my family in every way. It has made us into critical thinkers who always look for solutions. Spina Bifida gave us an attitude of never holding back, always moving forward at all cost and giving up is not an option. Some phrases used [...]
Great day out at Fanning Springs Disability Expo 2014. A great adventure among some of the greatest and gifted people, organizations anf groups. Right from the beginning the Jimmy Wheelz organization was fortunate to meet Hector De Valle from NSCIA-CFL which is dedicated to empowering individuals in Central Florida whose lives are impacted by spinal cord injury or disorder and Jerry Diaz, a fellow WCMX Rider and good friend. We were able to talk and make plans for the future of WCMX the sport here in Florida.