31 Days of Parenting Kiddos with Special Needs: Blogger Spotlight on Rebecca of “Backwards in High Heels”

31 Days of Parenting Kiddos with Special Needs

I’m in the midst of trying to get work for Chapter 6 in my Excel book done early (it’s due on Wednesday by 11:55 p.m. but I try to get stuff done at least 24 hours before the due date in that class in case there’s a problem and I have to do a lot of work at school), doing a couple extra problems for my Accounting class in prep for the test on Monday, and doing a boatload of laundry in case we lose power tonight when the really scary storm hits. (I only own three pairs of jeans and they’re all being washed. I need to hit up Fred Meyer or Kohl’s for more so I can give them to my mom to hem.) Because I have a deadline on how long I can probably work tonight, you’re getting another blogger spotlight.

Why Iā€™m spotlighting this blogger: When I approached Rebecca and told her that I wanted to feature her and her blog for this, I wanted to be really careful because while her daughter Ella is in a wheelchair after losing the use of her legs at age 9, she’s not exactly what people would consider “special needs” (she prefers “adaptive”)…

(By the way, they finally have a somewhat firm diagnosis for her!!! Details are here and here.)

She’s currently the number two ranked professional female wheelchair skater (WCMX) in the world, I’ve seen videos of her doing rung pull-ups at her mom’s CrossFit gym (something that I lack the arm strength to even think about doing), and she’s perfectly capable of speaking up for herself on MANY subjects. In other words, she’s kicking butt and taking names so she’d tell you not to pity her. šŸ™‚

What I want to feature, I guess, is what her mom Rebecca did to get Ella the wheelchair she needed. After getting denied multiple times by insurance companies (because insurance companies are that way), Rebecca took to Twitter with the hashtag #ellaneedswheels. Chevrolet mistakenly retweeted it… and that was a fabulous thing because the hashtag went viral which got the attention of the escalation department of her insurance company. Long story short, the insurance company caved after 3 Fox News Anchors and Michelle Malkin retweeted the story. šŸ™‚ (An article by my friend Sarah about the whole thing is here.)

Oh yeah… there was also the online swear jar thing. šŸ™‚

So please, go check out Rebecca’s blog while I fold laundry before the world outside fills with flying houses, witches on brooms, and flying monkeys.

My cup of cranberry juice.