Karen Roy, Social Worker, Is Ms. Wheelchair America 2019

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Karen Roy

An extraordinary woman, an extraordinary social worker, a beautiful tribute to grit, grace, and resilience....

SaraKay Smullens more than 3 years ago


I too became a paraplegic in 1987. I have two children, ages 27 and 25, and have had no pressure sores or broken bones. My experience is a bit different in the way of physical therapy though. Since my accident I have stood in a standing frame less than 5 times. My initial in hospital therapy was two months and since then have had three weeks of water therapy. I was indigent when hurt and the wasn’t any insurance settlement. When I chose to stop going to school to raise my children the state dropped my case as unsuccessful. I homeschooled my children through the early grades and both are successful productive members of society. When they enter public school I went back to college and finished my degree in art education. I truly wish I had the benefits of physical and wish I had more help now. The truth is that with no money there is no help. I volunteer now in the disabled community because finding an actual job that would support me and my on my schedule. I still get around ok but pain has always been an issue for me and I know therapy would help. Unfortunately I live on a budget so I choose to spend my pennies helping others not myself. Through art and music I hope to actually be able to help the disabled community to get real help with more access to physical therapists. Providing places to do therapy is nice but many disabled people cannot do therapy without help from an actual person. This article shows only one side of disability. There is a larger percentage of disabled that do not have adequate access to good therapy. Many are stuck in nursing homes or even stuck at home unable to go anywhere. Showing ‘success’ stories in nice but we also need to remember the forgotten.

Angie Square more than 4 years ago


Thank you for your comment, Angie. We agree that far too many people do not have adequate access to the therapies and services they need. I would say that you have had a good bit of success, despite your state's definition of "unsuccessful." You did what you needed to do for your children, and you went back to school when your circumstances allowed. Using art and music to help others is wonderful.

SocialWorker.com more than 4 years ago

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