Wordless Wednesday: Superheroes with Disabilities (#HAWMC)

Wow!  I can’t believe today is the second to last day of WEGO’s Health Activist Writer’s Challenge Month (#HAWMC)! ( Of course there will be new articles on this blog every week even when it’s over.)  But I really have enjoyed and sharing other bloggers’ answers.  Today’s prompt is: Wordless Wednesday. We all know a picture is worth a 1,000 words. IMG_1781Post/share a picture that relays a message or story to the viewer.

306191_10150737763284254_36556179253_11203299_595333616_nLast summer, I was speaking at NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) national convention in San Antonio, Texas.  Before I left one of my friends with muscular dystrophy told me I had to go to Morgan’s Wonderland, which is the world’s first disability accessible theme park.  Above you see a picture of superheroes, children who have disabilities.  When I saw the superheroes at the theme park, I cried tears of happiness.

Empathy Exists

Children and adults with disabilities ride for free while their family members pay $15 for tickets.  For all the buildings I’ve been in that are still not disability accessible (in 2014!), Morgan’s Wonderland was a reminder that empathy and compassion do exist.  Now if only Marvel and Hollywood can dream up a superhero who has disabilities–that would be cool!

Stay tuned!  Tomorrow is the last day of Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge.  If you missed me in last night’s WEGO Roundtable on how to discuss taboo health subjects with doctors, friends, and family, you can see the recording here.

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

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JessicaGimeno

Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Superheroes with Disabilities (#HAWMC)

  • April 30, 2014 at 9:11 am
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    Don’t forget about Marvel’s Professor X – leader of the X-Men, brilliant, powerful … and in a wheelchair!

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    • April 30, 2014 at 9:16 am
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      I didn’t know that! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Kerry. I guess I just want someone who is THE center of the movie like Batman or Superman. A superhero with an impressive story that everyone knows. But I’ll look him up.

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