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Excerpt from Views From My Chariot: A Wheelchair Oddity:
I was on top of the world. I was living a fantastical life amidst movie stars and musicians—spending one day getting Sidney Poitier’s autograph and another on Jimmy Buffett’s tour bus for a concert. The September day when everything changed I spent with several photographers shooting pictures in Aspen for my modeling portfolio. My last picture was poised atop a private Cessna gazing upward toward what was to be my next adventure—skydiving. That evening, I attended a dinner party where a fellow guest complained to me, “Would you sit down? You make me nervous!” A few hours later, one month into my twenty-eighth year, on a dark, winding Rocky Mountain road, my Porsche flipped and skidded to a halt—as did the life I once knew. Before my crash, I was in perpetual motion: I danced, scuba dived, water-skied and snow-skied, hunted and fished, cycled, golfed, played tennis, basketball, and was a foosball and backgammon champ. At the time of my accident, I was living out west at a ski resort. During the winter season, I taught children to ski. During the off-season, I was a photographer’s model. My looks, body, and abilities served me well. But, I was detached and viewed life through a veil.
The night of my crash, as I was leaving a friend’s home, I was startled by a non-existent veil I had just seen, and felt, open as I passed through it. I was well into adjusting to my new life when I realized that I had lived bound by that emotional veil. Now that I could no longer walk, I would gain a new freedom and learn to fly—in a wheelchair I would come to see as my chariot.
I’m an avid recycler, love nature and her animal kingdom, and believe in energetically greeting each day with optimism, curiosity, diligence, and gratitude.
This is an excerpt from a local TV interview about me and my books. It’s a little over two minutes long, so look fast!
Cynthia:Life after SCI, home renovations for accessibility, motivational, inspirational, personal growth,
Dennis: Do you have any limitations on speaking engagements such as location?
Cynthia:Extreme distances may be complicated, but I’m available for short distances and always by Skype.