Coleen Jones Writes: The Way it is! How one piece of paper can help an accessibility experience! Blog #2

Welcome​ ​to​ ​my​ ​second​ ​blog.​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​so​ ​much​ ​humility​ ​because​ ​I​ ​have​ ​received​ ​2500​ ​to​ ​3000 views​ ​on​ ​my​ first ever ​blog​ ​in​ ​24​ ​hours! The​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​attention​ ​it is receiving​ ​blows​ ​me​ ​away!

Although​ ​I​ ​did​ ​public​ ​speaking​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​my​ ​various​ ​jobs​ ​to​ ​groups​ ​of​ ​100 or more​ ​people,​ ​I​ ​never​ ​thought​ ​I​ ​would​ ​ever​ ​be​ ​reaching​ ​thousands,​ ​but​ ​here​ ​I​ ​am!​  ​I​ ​still​ ​can’t​ ​get my​ ​head​ ​around​ ​it but ​if​ ​my​ ​head​ ​gets​ ​bigger​ ​than​ ​my​ ​belly,​ ​please​ ​let​ ​me​ ​know.

To English​ ​majors​ ​and​ ​other​ ​writers,​ ​I​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​you​ ​do​ ​not​ ​begin​ ​a​ ​sentence​ ​with​ ​a preposition,​ ​but​ ​sometimes​ ​I​ ​just​ ​have​ ​to! ​

Another​ ​interesting​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​me​ ​is​ ​that​ ​I ​actually used to ​type​ ​150​ ​words​ ​per​ ​minute​ ​before​ ​my​ ​stroke.​ ​Currently​ ​I​ ​type​ ​maybe​ ​5​ ​wpm​ ​with the​ ​index​ ​finger​ ​of​ ​my​ ​right​ ​hand.​ ​I​ ​know​ ​that​ ​some​ ​of​ ​you​ ​are​ ​wondering​ ​if​ ​I​ ​actually​ ​do​ ​my own​ ​typing​ ​and​ ​editing,​ ​and​ ​yes​ ​I​ ​do​ ​it,​ ​all​ ​by​ ​myself​ (​I’m​ ​a​ ​big​ ​girl​ ​again)!​ ​Thank​ ​you​ ​to​ ​my wonderful​ ​daughter,​ ​Cara​ ​Jones,​ ​who​ ​lives​ ​in​ ​Alberta​ ​and​ ​is​ ​my​ ​technical​ ​advisor​. Tonight she gifted me with my own blog page on her blog, www.carajonesspeaks.com with a direct domain www.coleenjoneswrites.com where you can view my weekly posts.

Some​ ​of​ ​you​ ​may​ ​have​ ​noticed​ ​me​ ​in​ ​my​ ​black​ ​wheelchair,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​awesome​ ​bright​ ​green wheels​ ​and​ ​trim.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​come​ ​a​ ​long​ ​way​ ​since​ ​my​ ​first​ ​chair​ ​ride,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​made tremendous​ ​progress​ ​in​ ​“the​ ​game​ ​of​ ​life.”​ ​The​ ​most​ ​exciting​ ​event​ ​​ ​for​ ​me​ ​was​ ​to​ ​get​ ​in​ ​my electric​ ​wheelchair​ ​and​ ​go​ ​shopping​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​in​ ​6​ ​years.​ ​I​ ​never​ ​had​ ​much​ ​time​ ​for shopping​ ​before​ ​my​ ​stroke,​ ​but​ ​time​ ​is​ ​what​ ​I​ ​have​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​now.​ ​Shopping​ ​is​ ​exciting but​ ​also​ ​very​ ​frustrating as well because​​ ​I​ ​knew​ before going out that ​there​ ​would​ ​be​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​places​ ​I​ ​couldn’t​ ​get​ ​into​ ​and​ ​lots​ ​of dangerous​ ​situations​ ​to​ ​avoid.

Before​ ​I​ ​could​ ​go​ ​outside​ ​on​ ​my​ ​own,​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​in​ ​six​ ​years,​ ​unable​ ​​​to​ ​walk,​ ​I​ ​had​ ​to come​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​fail​ ​proof​ ​safety​ ​plan. This was​ ​almost​ ​more​ ​for​ ​my​ ​husband​ ​than​ for ​myself ​(because​ ​he’s quite​ ​the​ ​worrier) but ​I​ ​had​ ​a​ ​very​ ​strong​ ​need​ ​for​ ​some​ ​independence and it was a small act to ensure we were on the same page.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​finally excited​ ​about​ ​something and I​ ​had​ ​hope​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​in​ ​years!​

My​ ​mind​ ​went​ ​back​ ​to​ ​a Sociology​ ​class​ ​where​ ​a​ ​female​ ​professor​ ​was​ ​speaking​ ​about​ ​“women’s​ ​ways​ ​of​ ​knowing,” (I​ ​believe​ ​some​ ​men​ ​have​ ​this​ ​way​ ​of​ ​knowing​ ​as​ ​well).​ ​Simply​ ​put,​ ​most​ ​people​ ​call​ ​it​ ​gut instinct.​ ​If​ ​I​ ​had​ ​listened​ ​to​ ​my​ ​gut​ ​instinct​ ​six​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​not​ ​have​ ​had​ ​my​ ​stroke.​ ​I always​ ​understood​ ​“women’s​ ​ways​ ​of​ ​knowing”​ ​and​ ​I​ ​sincerely​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​whenever​ ​I​ ​made a​ ​mistake,​ ​my​ internal ​hearing​ ​aid​ ​was​ ​turned​ ​off!​ ​I​ ​decided​ ​that​ ​my​ ​guidebook​ ​to​ ​street​ ​sense, seizures​ ​and​ ​low​ ​blood​ ​sugars​ ​would​ ​be listening to​ ​my​ ​gut​ ​not​ ​my​ ​brain.  

A​ ​good​ ​example​ ​of​ ​this​ ​happened​ ​last​ ​week​ ​at​ ​Sobeys.​ ​I​ ​suddenly​ ​felt​ ​very​ ​unwell,​ ​my​ ​eyes weren’t​ ​really​ ​opening​ ​properly,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​very​ ​weak,​ ​sweating and felt​ ​tingly​.​ ​My​ ​first​ ​thought​ ​(gut feeling)​ ​was​ ​that my​ ​sugar​ ​levels​ ​(diabetes) ​had​ ​just​ ​bottomed​ ​out.​ ​My​ ​next​ ​logical​ ​thought​ ​(brain)​ ​said no,​ ​that​ ​isn’t​ ​possible​ ​because​ ​I’m​ ​now​ ​on​ ​50​ ​mg​ ​Prednisone​ ​daily,​ ​which​ ​sends​ ​your​ ​sugar levels​ ​soaring​ ​and​ ​my​ ​sugar​ ​this​ ​morning​ ​was​ ​about​ ​22.​ ​Normal​ ​sugars​ ​run​ ​between​ ​5-7. ​I decided to​ ​follow​ ​my​ ​gut​ ​and​ I ​asked​ ​for​ ​a​ ​can​ ​of​ ​pop​ ​​​and​ ​shortly​ ​felt​ ​better.​ ​The​ ​next​ ​day​ ​the same​ ​thing​ ​happened​ ​and​ ​after​ ​20​ ​minutes​ ​of​ ​eating​ ​sugar,​ ​the​ ​nurse​ ​told​ ​me​ ​that​ ​my glucose​ ​level​ ​was​ ​only​ ​3.​ ​The ​most​ ​important ​thing​ ​I​ ​need​ ​to​ ​say​ ​is​ ​that​ ​if​ ​you​ ​follow​ ​your​ ​gut instinct,​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​you​ ​will​ ​never​ ​go​ ​wrong.​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​this​ would​ ​work​ ​for​ ​everyone.

I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​this​ ​shopping​ ​story​ ​to​ ​alert​ ​shop​ ​owners​ ​to​ ​a​ ​way​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​​​revenue,​ ​as​ ​well as​ ​support​ ​people​ ​in​ ​wheelchairs.​ ​I​ ​needed​ ​a​ ​wedding​ ​gift​ ​for​ ​a good​ ​friend​ ​and​ ​I​ ​found​ ​what​ ​I needed​ ​in​ ​Cameron’s​ ​Jewellery​ ​store​ ​window.​ ​I​ ​started​ ​for​ ​the​ ​door​ ​but​ ​soon​ ​realized​ ​the​ ​door was​ ​about​ ​as​ ​wide​ ​as​ ​my​ ​mini​ ​refrigerator,​ ​(seriously)!​ ​As​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​spent​ ​their​ ​entire​ ​life solving​ ​problems​ ​and​ ​various​ ​issues​ ​it​ ​took​ ​me​ ​about​ ​30​ ​seconds​ ​to​ ​discover​ ​a​ ​solution.​ ​I looked​ ​around​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the​ ​store​ ​was​ ​a​ ​sign​ ​advertising​ ​St.​ ​Francis Xavier University​ ​student​ ​rings​ ​and​ ​below​ ​the sign​ ​was​ ​their​ ​phone​ ​number.​ ​I​ ​dialed​ ​my​ ​phone,​ ​explained​ ​my​ ​situation​ ​from​ ​the​ ​sidewalk, gave​ ​her​ ​my​ ​Visa​ ​card​ ​and​ ​shortly​ ​she​ ​returned​ ​with​ ​my​ ​nicely​ ​wrapped​ ​gift​, placing​ ​it​ ​in​ ​my shopping​ ​bag​ ​on​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​my​ ​chair.​ ​How​ ​easy!​ ​

The​ ​simple​ ​solution​ ​to​ ​this​ ​issue​ ​is​ ​that each​ ​business​ ​that​ ​does​ ​not​ ​have​ ​good​ ​accessibility​ ​for​ ​wheelchairs​ ​should consider ​having​ ​a​ ​small sign​ ​in​ ​their​ ​window​ ​like shown above (with your real number). This​ ​would​ ​signify​ ​to​ ​people​ ​with​ ​access​ ​challenges that​ ​you​ ​are​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​help,​ ​perhaps​ ​by​ ​holding​ ​the​ ​door​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​them​ ​access,​ ​or​ ​to​ ​purchase from​ ​their​ ​establishment,​ ​as​ ​I​ ​did​ ​from​​​ the sidewalk.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​think​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great,​ ​simple,​ ​and inexpensive​ ​way​ ​to​ ​support​ ​the​ ​disabled,​ ​can​ ​you​ ​please​ ​help​ ​me​ ​to​ ​get​ ​it​ ​moving?​ ​ ​I’ll​ ​be happy​ ​to​ ​get​ ​it​ ​established​ ​in​ ​Nova​ ​Scotia​ ​first,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​pilot​ ​project​, ​then​ ​work​ ​on​ the rest of ​Canada.​ ​How expensive​ ​is​ ​a​ ​sheet​ ​of​ ​paper?​ ​I​ ​love​ ​simplicity! Please leave your comments at the end of my blog. Thank you for your support in what I feel will be a very simple step in making big changes for wheelchair bound people in our province, and maybe the world. It’s up to you.

If​ ​my​ ​readers​ ​think​ ​this​ ​a​ ​good​ ​idea,​ ​I​ ​will​ ​contact​ ​CTV ​television ​to​ ​get​ ​thing​ ​moving and​ ​I​ ​will​ ​keep​ ​you informed. Thanks for your support,

Shopping​ ​has​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​so​ ​much and​ ​I​ ​cannot​ ​believe​ ​how​ ​much​ ​prices​ ​have​ ​gone​ ​up​ ​in​ ​6 years.​ ​A​ $0.​50​ ​cent​ ​bag​ ​of​ ​chips,​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​air,​ ​is​ ​now​ ​a​ ​$1.49.​ ​​A​ ​pack​ ​of​ ​cigarettes​ ​was​ ​about $7.00​ ​and​ ​now​ ​is​ ​around​ ​$20.​0​0! ​Grocery​ ​prices,​ ​especially​ ​meats,​ ​are​ ​unbelievable!​ ​The​ ​same goes​ ​for​ ​gas​ ​and​ ​oil.​ ​We​ ​all​ ​know​ ​that​ ​prices​ ​have​ ​been​ ​rising​ ​constantly (forever),​ ​but​ ​if​ ​you haven’t​ ​been​ ​in​ ​a​ ​store​ ​for​ ​6​ ​years,​ ​the​ ​shock​ ​kind of​ ​blows​ ​you​ ​away.

What​ ​really​ ​makes​ ​me​ ​cranky​ ​is​ ​that​ ​clothing​ ​sizes​ ​have​ ​shrunk.​ ​Although​ ​I​ ​did​ ​lose​ ​70 pounds,​ ​I​ ​still​ ​buy​ ​the​ ​same​ ​size​ ​I​ ​wore​ ​before​ ​I​ ​lost​ ​weight​ ​and​ ​I​ ​couldn’t​ ​get​ ​my​ ​new​ ​jacket closed​ ​today​ ​when​ ​I​ ​tried​ ​it​ ​on,​ ​so​ ​now​ ​I must​ ​return​ ​it.​ ​Congratulations ​manufacturers,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​now​ ​get 12​ ​jackets​ ​out​ ​of​ ​a​ ​bolt​ ​of​ ​fabric​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​10.  

The​ ​most​ ​delightful​ ​thing​ ​I​ ​am​ ​able​ ​to​ ​do​ ​now​ ​with​ ​my​ ​new​ ​freedom​ ​is​ ​eat​ ​out​,​ ​even​ ​though​ ​I really​ ​can’t​ ​taste​ the food like I used to.​ ​My​ ​very​ ​favourite​ ​restaurant​ in Antigonish ​is​ ​Gabrieau’s​ ​Bistro.​ ​They​ ​do​ ​not have​ ​a​ ​handicapped​ ​accessible​ ​door,​ ​however, ​if​ ​you​ ​have​ ​their​ ​phone​ ​number​ ​programmed into​ ​your​ ​phone,​ ​they​ ​are​ ​very​ ​accommodating​ ​in​ ​helping​ ​you​ ​get​ ​in,​ ​making​ ​ingredient changes​ ​to​ ​my​ ​dish​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​my​ ​many​ ​needs​ ​and​ ​even​ ​finely​ ​chopping​ ​my​ ​food,​ ​if​ ​I​ ​am​ ​alone. Even​ ​though​ ​they​ ​do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​a​ ​big​ ​space​ ​they​ ​are​ ​very​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​place​ ​for​ ​my large​ ​chair.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​not​ ​paying​ ​me​ ​to​ ​say​ ​this,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​do​ ​enjoy​ ​going​ ​there!

What​ ​surprised​ ​me​ ​the​ ​most​ ​about​ ​eating​ ​out​ ​is​ ​that​ ​McDonald’s​ ​Restaurant​ ​does​ ​not​ ​have​ ​a wheelchair​ ​accessible​ ​door,​ ​in​ ​other​ ​words,​ ​I​ ​need​ ​to​ ​ask​ ​people​ ​to​ ​open​ ​and​ ​hold​ ​doors​ ​for me.​ ​Since​ ​I​ ​am​ ​not​ ​shy​ ​this​ ​is​ ​not​ ​a​ ​problem​ ​for​ ​me,​ ​but​ ​could​ ​be​ ​for​ ​others.​ ​The​ ​same applies​ ​to​ ​​ A&W.​ ​The​ ​Moonlight​ ​Restaurant​ ​door​ ​looks​ ​a​ ​little​ ​small​ ​and​ ​so​ ​I​ ​haven’t ventured​ ​there​ ​yet.​ ​

The​ ​Maritime​ ​Inn​ ​is​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​place​ ​to​ ​eat​ ​also​ ​and​ ​is​ ​reasonably​ ​accessible. One​ ​thing​ ​that​ ​bothers​ ​me​ ​is​ ​that​ ​some​ ​establishments​ ​have​ ​their​ ​accessible​ ​door​ ​opening buttons​ ​on​ ​their​ ​door.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​no​ ​good​ ​for​ ​me​ ​because​ ​new​ ​chairs​ ​are​ ​larger​ ​and​ ​I​ ​can​ ​only access​ ​the​ ​button​ ​by​ ​backing​ ​up​ ​and​ ​parking​ ​parallel​ ​to​ ​the​ ​door,​ ​to​ ​try​ ​and​ ​reach​ ​it.​ ​This only​ ​works​ ​if​ ​there​ ​is​ ​enough​ ​space,​ ​and​ ​no​ ​Halloween​ ​decorations​ ​or​ ​chairs​ ​are​ ​near​ ​the door.​ ​The​ ​Royal​ ​Bank​ ​has​ ​their​ ​door​ ​button​ ​on​ ​a​ ​metal​ ​bar,​ ​out​ ​from​ ​the​ ​door.​ ​This​ ​should work​ ​for​ ​everyone.​ ​Good​ ​job!

My​ ​wonderful​ ​friend,​ ​Bonnie​ ​Quin,​ ​gave​ ​me​ ​a​ ​long​ ​yellow​ ​shoehorn​ ​which​ ​has​ ​become​ ​my best​ ​friend.​ ​With​ ​this​ ​tool​ ​I​ ​am​ ​able​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​items​ ​that​ ​somehow​ ​find​ ​their​ ​way​ ​to​ ​the​ ​other end​ ​of​ ​my​ ​night​ ​table.​ ​Using it I can reach​ ​things​ ​from​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​my​ ​night​ ​table​ ​drawer,​ ​grab​ ​my​ ​sheet​ ​or scratch​ ​an​ ​itch.​ ​This​ ​saves​ ​me​ ​from​ ​ringing​ ​my​ ​buzzer​ ​and​ ​gives​ ​me​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​freedom. Sometimes​ ​the​ ​simple​ ​things​ ​in​ ​life​ ​are​ ​priceless.

I took​ ​a​ ​trip​ ​downtown​ ​in​ ​my​ ​chair​ ​today,​ ​by​ ​myself​ ​as​ ​usual.​ ​Each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​day​ ​there​ ​is,​ ​for me,​ ​something​ ​new​ ​to​ ​see,​ ​learn​ ​or​ ​remember. ​I​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​a​ ​5​ ​year​ ​old​ ​on​ ​a​ ​new​ ​play​ ​date. Although​ ​it’s​ ​late fall ​it​ ​is​ ​22​ ​degrees.​ ​​ ​What​ ​a​ ​blessing​ ​to​ ​be​ ​outside!​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​very​ ​grateful to​ ​live​ ​in​ ​Antigonish,​ ​Nova​ ​Scotia. This​ ​town​ ​has​ ​so​ ​much​ ​to​ ​offer,​ ​including​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​library building,​ ​staffed​ ​with​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​nicest​ ​people​ ​I’ve​ ​ever​ ​met.​ ​The​ ​library​ ​offers​ ​much​ ​more than​ ​books,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​haven’t​ ​had​ ​time​ ​to​ ​check​ ​everything​ ​out​ ​yet.​ ​Stay​ ​tuned!

Possibly​ ​the​ ​most​ ​fantastic​ ​support​ ​for​ ​challenged​ ​people​ ​like​ ​me​ ​and​ ​those​ ​without transportation​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Antigonish​ ​Community​ ​Transit​ ​Service.​ ​I​ ​only​ ​found​ ​out​ ​about​ ​this service​ ​in​ ​July,​ ​but​ ​because​ ​the​ ​weather​ ​was​ ​nice​ ​for​ ​wheeling,​ ​I​ ​never​ ​used​ ​the​ ​service​ ​until September.​ ​

First,​ ​I​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​those​ ​who​ ​worked​ ​so​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​make​ ​this​ ​happen.​ ​Gifts​ ​like this​ ​do​ ​not​ ​just​ ​happen​ ​by​ ​themselves and they do not happen ​overnight.​ ​Since​ ​I​ ​am​ ​not​ ​able​ ​to​ ​get​ ​in​ ​a​ ​car,​ ​this service​ ​will​ ​allow​ ​me​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​mall​ ​or​ ​appointments​ ​as​ ​I​ ​wish.​ ​​​I​ ​was​ ​dreading​ ​the​ ​thought of​ ​winter​ ​coming​ ​thinking​ ​I​ ​would​ ​be​ ​confined​ ​to​ ​the​ ​RK MacDonald nursing home but​ ​I​ ​can​ ​now​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Mall​ ​or Walmart​ ​when​ ​I​ ​wish.​ ​The​ ​fee​ ​for​ ​a​ ​return​ ​trip​ ​in​ ​town​ ​is​ ​$6.00.​ ​The​ ​service​ ​is​ ​available​ ​to​ ​go​ ​far and​ ​wide​ ​and​ ​fees​ ​vary​ ​according​ ​to​ ​distance.​ ​​​For​ ​information​ ​on​ ​rates​ ​and​ ​​schedules​ for the Antigonish community ​call 902​ ​867​ ​0411.​ ​​ I​ ​find​ ​that​ ​calling​ ​a​ ​few​ ​days​ ​in​ ​advance​ ​of​ ​my​ ​trip,​ ​when​ ​I​ ​can,​ ​makes scheduling​ ​easier​ ​for​ ​both​ ​of​ ​us. ​If​ ​I​ ​need​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​hospital​ ​for​ ​a​ ​diagnostic​ ​test,​ ​the​ ​cost of​ ​an​ ​ambulance​ ​is​ ​over​ ​$100.00.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​save​ ​a​ ​small​ ​fortune​ ​when​ ​I​ ​can​ ​use​ ​our​ ​public​ ​transit. Al​l the ​drivers​ ​are​ ​wonderful​ ​and​ ​go​ ​out​ ​of​ ​their​ ​way​ ​to​ ​make​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​safe​ ​and​ ​welcome.​ ​Joe​ ​is the​ ​full​ ​time​ ​driver​ ​and​ ​we​ ​have​ ​already​ ​began​ ​a​ ​mutual​ ​friendship​ ​after​ ​only​ three​ ​trips.

I​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​send​ ​a​ ​special​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​to​ ​my​ ​loving​ ​husband​ and grandson for​ ​getting​ ​me​ ​an​ ​iPad. Having this technology ​is wonderful and ​I​ ​can​ ​be​ ​in​ ​touch​ ​with​ ​the​ ​world​ ​again.

Please remember, just​ ​because someone is​ ​in​ ​a​ ​wheel​chair​ ​doesn’t mean​ ​they are cognitively impaired. In a future blog I will explain why this will probably be my mantra.

Stay tuned for my next blog where I tell you how becoming disabled turned me into an accidental criminal.

8 thoughts on “Coleen Jones Writes: The Way it is! How one piece of paper can help an accessibility experience! Blog #2

  1. Coleen, you make me smile with pride! What great advice for business owners and the general public alike! I think you are doing great work and will be a wonderful advocate for so many! I will share your blog with Meghan so she can see your wonderful writing skills! LOL! 🙂 Jill

  2. Colleen I couldn’t wait to read your second blog!!! I can’t wait for the spring, when I return home and visit you, and maybe take a trip around town with you in your fancy green wheeled wheelchair!! I love the color!!
    I have always been aware of accessibility around town, however you have heightened that awareness!! What a wonderful idea to start the 1-800-your-business matters campaign!!! You will make a difference for so many! Love you, and so happy to have you back.

  3. well said COLEEN ENJOYED YOUR BLOG YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB YOUR HUSBANDS COUSIN CAROL

  4. I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS BLOG AND TO KNOW YOU ARE ENJOYING DOING IT
    KEEP ON TRUCKING GIRL HUGS

  5. I was amazed and thrilled to read your first blog. Now I am in the “can’t wait to read it” stage. You are a miracle whose purpose in life has always been one of giving of yourself to help others. Your job is not done! We are so proud of you and your ideas and commitment will help so many. God bless you, dear friend.

  6. Colleen it is so amazing to see that you are back- and that you’re making a difference for other physically challenged people. I am enjoying reading your blogs and I imagine they take a long time for you to produce at 5 wpm. Congratulations and best wishes to you!

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