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Rachelle Chapman Quadriplegic lingerie photo shoot

Why I, as a quadriplegic, chose to take it off for a lingerie photo shoot

Save it for my husband they say? No. These photos have a deep purpose. When the accident first happened, I thought, what are people going to think of me now? Are people going to still think that I’m beautiful or that I’m just this quadriplegic chick in a wheelchair with nothing going for her? I had a fiancé at the time as many of you know. I was hurt at my bachelorette party so we were supposed to get married five weeks later. I knew we would be together forever and that he wouldn’t leave but I did wonder what

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6 Cliché Phrases That You’ll Never Hear Me Say

We’re all looking for inspiration. Something that can give us that kick in the rear we need to meet our goals, be happier, or find meaning in events we just can’t explain. I didn’t ask for the role as a motivator, but it’s something I’ve learned to embrace because I enjoy seeing someone comforted with my words. As soon as a catastrophic injury like mine happens, people look to you for strength when they see that your life-altering event didn’t totally break you. But I’m not your typical motivator. There are some phrases out there that I think people overuse.

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10 things you shouldnt say to someone who uses a wheelchair

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone Who Uses a Wheelchair

I’ve heard some pretty crazy things come out of people’s mouths in my few short years as a wheelchair user. Most people definitely mean well, but some sentiments aren’t received the way many able bodied people might expect. In the disabled community, it’s not uncommon for us to joke with each other about some of our interesting conversations with family, friends and strangers that often involve some off putting statements. Below are the top 10 things that I’ve heard people say since my injury that don’t necessarily leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. 1. “You’re Really Pretty for

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8 Misconceptions About Life With Paralysis

8 Misconceptions About Life With Paralysis

Just three short years ago I was ignorant to the realities of paralysis. I didn’t know what it meant to have a spinal cord injury or what that world was like. A world that I never imagined I would be a part of at such a young age. After my story hit the media, people had a lot of inaccurate conclusions about my situation and many of these misconceptions were repeated in the comment section of my news stories. I’m always a sucker for reading comments because I’m so curious to see what people think. But people seemed to have

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