My name is Debbie Barker and I have been paralyzed from the waist down since the birth of my first son 26 years ago! (Now I am a mom of 6, my own three plus 3 amazing kids-in-law plus a husband of 28 years.) I wanted to start a blog site to share that being wheelchair bound is much more than simply sitting all day and to share what reality is when you live with a permanent disability. My goal is to encourage others who are struggling physically, emotionally or spiritually because I truly believe that we all have handicaps… mine is just visible!
One strength of mine is finding humor in the craziness which is my life, yet there are moments when I have total meltdowns and feel like I cannot handle one more thing. So what I share will be REAL… the good, the bad and the ugly! And some funny, crazy and unbelievable moments as well but those stories often get categorized under the ugly! But let’s be real… the ugly times often end up being the funniest tales!
I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ so I have complete trust in His plan for my life! Even when the days are discouraging and I want to give up, I try to keep faith in the fact that Jesus is my strength and comfort! He endured much more than I ever will so I am on the journey of gratefulness for my “disability.” I want to praise Him and give Him glory for every moment of my story… when it’s great and when it’s not so great!
I may not be able to move or feel my legs. I may not be able to walk or wiggle a toe. I may not be able to stand up or climb a set of stairs. But I am still abled… just differently!
“I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.” Isaiah 66