Living w| A Disability – Ms. Wheelchair AL Whitney Ford


Photo via Facebook Whitney Ford; Ms. Wheelchair AL Pageant

 

UM: What is your name?

My name is Whitney Ann Ford.

UM: Your age.

I am 22 years old.

UM: Where are you from? (State only)

Alabama.

UM: What type of disability do you have?

I was born with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and Hydrocephalus.

UM: When were you diagnosed/told? If you can remember what was your reaction?

Photo via Whitney Ford Facebook

I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth.

UM:  Was depression ever a problem? How did you handle it?

Yes, it’s something I have struggled with throughout life as life has progressed. It’s not been easy but wat keeps me, and I realize I may sound cliché is honestly the power of prayer and the word of God. It’s a daily process and coupled with that it’s important to have a great support system if possible. God is a great support system, and even in the word of God, it is stated that iron sharpens iron and a man the countenance of his friend so It’s important to have that and be able to admit you’re having a day when you’re having a day. I always felt like I had to be “ Great” when asked How I’m doing which is why I named my e-book that is available for pre-order called “Sister, How Are You?”

UM: What limitations does your disability place on you?

My SB disability affects my means of mobility in that I use my wheelchair, I also have urinary incontinence. I think that’s important for me to mention because it was a huge insecurity for me in the past.

Photo via Whitney Ford Facebook

UM: How do your peers and family handle your disability?

My friends and family treat me like anyone’s friends and family treats them. They love me for me and I’m thankful for that.

UM: How does your disability affect daily activities?

I do normal daily activities you know, the morning routine, I cook and clean and such I just do it in a way that is easiest for me. I may take a little longer sometimes but that’s cool with me.

UM: Are you employed?  If so, how has your disability affected being employed? Any accommodations?

I have a website and a brand called “He Is My Crutch, you could say a ministry, that I’m building for centered around God being that support system I just talked about in the question concerning depression, it’s a play on words because it’s a ministry that started from my own testimony so I wanted it to appeal to those with a disability and it is a place where we can share “Interdependent Stories.”  while it is not only centered toward that. It’s centered toward anyone who needs a support system whether it be a physical disability, a mental illness, a tragedy they need to heal from, I have a website and a brand called “He Is My Crutch, you could say a ministry, that I’m building for centered around God being that support system I just talked about in the question concerning depression, it’s a play on words because it’s a ministry that started from my own testimony so I wanted it to appeal to those with a disability and it is a place where we can share “Interdependent Stories.”  while it is not only centered toward that. It’s centered toward anyone who needs a support system whether it be a physical disability, a mental illness, a tragedy they need to heal from, a heartbreak or what have you. There I have a website and a brand called “He Is My Crutch, you could say a ministry, that I’m building for centered around God being that support system I just talked about in the question concerning depression, it’s a play on words because it’s a ministry that started from my own testimony so I wanted it to appeal to those with a disability and it is a place where we can share “Interdependent Stories.”  while it is not only centered toward that. It’s centered toward anyone who needs a support system whether it be a physical disability, a mental illness, a tragedy they need to heal from, I have a website and a brand called “He Is My Crutch, you could say a ministry, that I’m building for centered around God being that support system I just talked about in the question concerning depression, it’s a play on words because it’s a ministry that started from my own testimony so I wanted it to appeal to those with a disability and it is a place where we can share “Interdependent Stories.”  while it is not only centered toward that. It’s centered toward anyone who needs a support system whether it be a physical disability, a mental illness, a tragedy they need to heal from, a heartbreak or what have you. There is a shop and blog posts from myself. Each Week on Friday on social media I do a check in to reflect on what God has done for us each week the website is heismycrutch.org.   Also April 1st I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Alabama – America 2017 and I’m so excited to advocate for disability in my State. I will be going to Nationals in August. I am currently fundraising toward that with gofundme and proceeds from my e-book will help as well.  The gofundme link is https://www.gofundme.com/takemswheelchairalabamatonationals

Easter Eggstravaganza via Whitney Ford Facebook

UM: Tell me about your biggest obstacle being disabled.

My biggest obstacle with my disability has been social and being socially accepted. I’m very thankful for how far God has brought me and is bringing me.

UM: Do you drive? If so, how does your disability affect your driving? Or do you want to learn to drive?

I’m still going through the process of learning to drive with controls, I’ve kind of picked it up and put it down but I’m determined and I want to get an accessible van.

UM: What is something that you hope gets better in the disabled community?

I hope to better able-bodied individuals’ perception of persons with disability, to broaden it and help them realize that our lives are not that different from their own lives as well as help it be okay to admit our struggles without it always being our label.

UM:  A saying or quote that motivates you.  Why?

I have a motto and It goes, “ I have Spina Bifida. It ain’t got me.”

 

Don’t forget to check out Whitney’s ministry at www.heismycrutch.org, as well as pre-order her e-book  “Sister, How Are You?”  for $10 now! (The link for the e-book is case sensitive)


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