My Journey

I'm not Handicapped, I'm Handicapable.
(and no i didnt get that from due date lol)

I left home and drove from nj to california in search of an independent life and safe access to my medicine* so i can live. It's been an interesting journey, lots of ups, lots of downs, and even though I am now weaker than ever...nothing will ever stop me from living my dream, regardless of how long I get to live.

Life is too precious and short to waste time. And I'm Ready.

The three videos below are before and after i left nj, an interview with the Washington Post during my road trip, some audition, and one other one hahaha idk i didnt set up the web site, im kinda lost there :P below that are blog entries! thank you!

Feel free to contact me at all times: mike@mikeywheels.com


Help to save Mikey's life

As you know, Mikey has always been able to smile through the pain, no matter what, until recently. The pain in his stomach is now worse than ever and has led to an inability to eat, causing rapid weight loss. At 6'1", he's a meager 75 lbs and dropping fast. It's getting more difficult for Mikey to smile through the pain and fear.

One of the only places where Mikey can get help is the MAYO clinic in Minnesota. There, a team of specialized doctors will work together to figure out how his illnesses affect each other and can be treated to restore health and balance to his body so he can keep living his incredible life.

All of this obviously comes with a large amount of costs, which can only be covered with the help and donations of as many people as possible – even if it's just a dollar. Please click on one of the two following links to access the crowd funding campaigns that will help Mikey get better. Thank you!











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First and foremost I would like to thank my father. My father has been there for me, since the very beginning of my life. It is most likely one of the most frightening things to go through as a parent... raising a child with a disability, not like it's not scary enough without any disease at all! Most parents do not want to outlive their children, for all the obvious reasons... unless they've given birth to the demon spawn hahaha but for serious it's scary as hell because the reason parents have children is to create life and watch it flourish, and when the life they create has any kind of limitation or early expiration date out of their control it can lead to serious frustrations in life about not being able to help. And sometimes there isn't something a parent can do, and sometimes there is. My father has done nothing but do everything in his power to help me be the best and strongest person I can be. Throughout my whole life he refused to accept that I would not live up to my fullest potential, and any time he saw me slacking off or giving him a BS excuse about why I didn't do something, he would call me on it. And believe me I wouldn't take that very well haha I wanted to get away with being lazy.... and perhaps would've continued if he wasn't such a strong stand for me to be all that I can be (not in the army) lol

I am the luckiest man in the world for many many reasons, both of my parents, my sister, my friends, and come to think about it... everything! My father, with help from the government help me get the wheels in Mikeywheels, this is one of countless elements my father has provided me with to help me to live as independent a life as possible. I am forever grateful for this van, the last van, the SUV that was needed last time to fit my wheelchair as I had just started to go into it when I was 18, and for adding an entire section on to the House to make it possible for me to use the bathroom, get in and out by myself, and have a living room so that I can enjoy the wonderful company of all of my friends that I'm blessed to have. He was a little bit confused as to why I would want to leave such a comfortable, safe, and very accessible environment. One might think that's an ideal situation... how incredibly wrong they are. No matter how many things were set up perfectly for me and my body and the changes it was going through, I was going out of my mind, ready to punch the ticket, because the idea of sitting home doing nothing just as my father had always been worried about, was starting to look really lame. Without the van, which is the only way I have been able to accomplish almost all of my journeys and adventures, I'm not sure what I would have done, and I know, I wouldn't have come close to what I have been able to do thanks to him.

NOW... I'm 24, and I have fully embraced every aspect about my life. I'm dying for some responsibility, and I want to take care of myself... fully.... financially.... everything.... why?.... because I wants to earn everything, the same way he and everyone else does. I am no different. I just don't have to waste my time walking and I almost never wait in line ;)

Everyone keeps asking me, how am I going to do it? it's " impossible"... while I laugh, and love it when someone says anything is impossible... because I usually beg to differ. Anything is possible, everything is possible. And if it's not... it can be made possible. So far since I've been here, there's been a whole list of things that were to a lot of people " impossible"... for I didn't do it to prove them wrong, I did it to follow my dreams. I've met so many incredible people and received so many e-mails and facebook messages that completely rocks my world. It saddens me that it's difficult for me to respond the way I want to. But, today am using my typing program for the first time, so tomorrow and from that day on I have a brand-new way of getting back to everyone who has taken the time to write me.... I haven't forgotten anyone, this is just literally been the most chaotic and crazy time with my life along with being the most beautiful. But... things began to change with this program and the journey has really really just begun.

So thank you dad, and mom , and misty!

Tomorrow will be another busy day, I am falling asleep as I type this. Good night everyone.

To life liberty and the pursuit of happens
Mikey

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