Hi, I’m Lainie

If you just stumbled here (literally for some) you are definitely in the right place.

I am soooo happy you found this site and can’t wait to meet you.

I can be controlling (picture my husband and kid’s enthusiastically nodding) at times
and rarely put myself in vulnerable situations.
Taking the pictures you see of me with my leg braces showing was really scary.
Posting those pictures for the world to see is beyond TERRIFYING.

Those of us with invisible (not so obvious) physical disabilities have unique fashion and every day life challenges.
I started Trend-ABLE because I am passionate about helping other PERFECTLY IMPERFECT women feel and look their best.

Tweak Of The Week

Trend-Able TweAk: a modification or change in something or someplace rendering it ABLE (usable/ doable) for someone with a disability

Perfectly Imperfect Women Who Inspire

Girl with neuromuscular disorder called CMT interviewed about her life with a disability

REBECCA ETCHBERGER

Meet Rebecca, a perfectly imperfect woman who inspires! She has Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder, a slowly progressive neuromuscular disorder that affects the peripheral nerves. Rebecca is 33 and works as a television producer living in Los Angeles. She grew up in Hershey, PA where her family still resides. After graduating from the University of California,…

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ClothingFashion

URBAN COOL LOOKS FOR WOMEN WITH INVISIBLE DISABILITIES

Trend-ABLE is all about empowering women to look and feel their best. When you have an invisible disability it can sometimes feel like it’s impossible to find clothing that is both functional and on-trend. When I was a depressed teenager and young adult, I focused a lot on what I couldn’t wear and what I thought…

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Lifestyle Dating & Disability. CMT & Leg Braces

A GIRLFRIEND’S GUIDE TO DATING (WITH AN INVISIBLE DISABILITY)

Dating sucks. It sucked in the long ago landline days before the Internet, Match.com, and Tinder, and it sucks now.

Dating is a teeter-totter of emotions. One minute you are feeling up, energized, full of hope, anticipation, and excitement. The next minute, you are crashing down to the ground feeling hopeless, confused, and paranoid about the Whys? and What If’s?

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Lifestyle Cmt, arthritis and other neuromuscular disorder hand problem everyday hand challenges

HOW TO GET A GRIP WHEN YOU LITERALLY CAN’T

I had a full on 15-minute dirty fight with a parking meter last week. Normally, I wouldn’t have engaged the metal asshole by even parking there. We have had “run-ins” before and I should have known better. But, I was more than 20 minutes late (not my norm) for a doctor’s appointment and feeling anxious about it.…

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Fashion

NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S SHOES

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with shoes my entire life. Long before I started wearing leg braces (AFO’s), it was a struggle finding shoes that fit my high-arch, fused-ankle, drop-foot, callous-prone feet. I remember the day I picked up my first pair of leg braces. You can read more about my history in the blog Skinny…

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Lifestyle Disability and Travel

NO STAIRWAY IN HEAVEN

The fantasy of a tropical escape from the freezing winter is what powers many people through another 4 inches of snow to shovel, or their extra long commute home from work on ice covered roads.

My husband and I love going to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. The weather is always perfect, and we get to truly relax without having to really plan or think.

For us, one of the best parts of getting away is the planning; It’s our vacation foreplay. We love using sites like Tripadvisor to scan through photos and traveler reviews.

This year we chose the Secrets Akumal Resort in Riviera Maya. The resort was breathtaking and lived up to its many 5-star reviews. The service, beach, entertainment, and even the food was amazing.

But, our favorite part of any resort, the main pool, was missing an essential element… A WAY TO GET IN & OUT.

I have since learned my lesson. Here are a few resort tips for sunbathers with physical challenges:

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Lifestyle Woman With Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder

SKINNY JEANS & LEG BRACES

To say it has not been easy finding myself is an understatement for sure
I literally put my parents through virtual hell from age 10 until my early twenties.

I’ll spare you the details for now. Let’s just say…
Delinquent Depressed teenage girl + mom fed up and near nervous breakdown = Shipped off to Boarding School far far away
Like many teenage girls, I was really insecure and wanted to be accepted so badly that I literally cried out for attention.

Everything was black & white and I remember worrying constantly…

What if No one saves me a seat at lunch?
What if I NEVER get invited to Homecoming?
What if no boy EVER really likes me?

I wanted to have the “perfect body” and “perfect boyfriend” just like Seventeen Magazine told me I could have and should have.

There were no Dove “Real Beauty” campaigns back in the 80’s.

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