Until recently, fashion and disability was pretty much an oxymoron. The clothing available for people with physical challenges called “health wear” was found in home medical supplies stores next to other functional items like incontinence supplies and shower seats.
Do you remember when we had to have our photos developed before viewing the images? The days when selfies weren’t even a thing and group shots didn’t involve a million retakes? Back then, we had no way of knowing if our arms looked flabby or if our leg braces were showing in photos until we picked up the physical prints.
I started Trend-Able to empower women with invisible physical disabilities to look and feel their best in order to live their best lives.
I struggled with low self esteem as a young person with invisible disabilities and have made it my mission to help others learn how to accept their perfections and focus on their strengths.
Disclaimer: All problems are relative to the person, situation, demographic, & resources . The following “problems” are those faced by me, an admittedly privileged suburban woman with invisible (not obvious) physical challenges due to an inherited neuromuscular disorder called Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT). The hashtag #firstworldproblems refers to those everyday, non life-threatening, and sometimes superficial ”problems”…
We learn lessons from the moment we can comprehend. Some are taught in books and classrooms, and some are learned from experience.
I was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disorder in 2nd grade. No one ever taught me how to actually live with the physical challenges of having Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder.
This amazing documentary about the super fabulous Bernadette Scarduzio is a must-see and it will stay with you long after viewing. The film (available on Amazon Prime) shares a very personal glimpse into Bernadette’s life; the many challenges she faces, incredible losses and her resilience. Bernadette suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, a genetic disease affecting…
The saying “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” has a literal meaning for those of us with invisible physical disabilities and challenges.
When people think of the term, disability, they mostly picture people in wheelchairs or those using walkers or canes. Those little blue signs designating special parking and larger (usually cleaner) bathrooms are distinctly labeled; wheelchair users can park or pee there.
These assistive devices symbolize to the world that the person using them has either a temporary or permanent physical disability. They are treated differently.
The summer before I started high school (in the dark ages before internet and iPhones ) I had a major operation on both of my legs and had to wear two leg casts and be in a wheelchair for 6 months. It sucked to say the least.
My best friend Stacie used to push me around the hallways at school and at the mall on weekends.