Bethany Broadwell

How to make car travel more comfortable for wheelchair users

posted on October 1, 2009 - 3:25pm
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is noted as saying, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” For those of us with neuromuscular disease, we know that step may not literally be a physical movement, but rather a plan of action. This past year I had the good fortune of going on a road trip with my parents for an extended stay in Florida. Before we left our Traverse City, Mich.,...

As muscle weakness progresses, people give different answers

posted on April 1, 2009 - 8:07am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
In this age of obsession about body image, when someone asks me if I want a piece of strawberry pie for dessert, I’m apt to decline. “No thanks. I need to maintain my girlish figure.” My playful reply is designed to conceal the fact that I’m actually assessing my ability, as a 40-pound skinny mini with spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA2), to eat the pie.