Personal Life

On the Platform with Meg West

Meet Meg, our latest storyteller on the Platform,  who is part of a new wave of those pushing boundaries to prove that disability is not a barrier to providing quality medical care; if an open mind and creative approach to responding to individual needs in both training opportunities  and the […]

On the Platform with Beatriz Lemus

It is with real pleasure that I introduce Beatriz Lemus from Venezuela to the Platform, to share her story with us. I hope you enjoy learning about her life, as much as I did, and learn I did. Beatriz life is lived with tremendous successes, a multitude of daily challenges […]

A conversation with Crystal Marshall

Self-love is a beautiful thing and is something we could all do with practising more often. I know I have struggled to love myself, my disabled body and my appearance over the years. I have let the feeling of not being enough, not looking like everyone else, overwhelm me at […]

A conversation with Ashley and Nicole Llorens

Many people talk about the bond that exists between twins. It is often said that they understand each other and communicate in a way that is described as different, somehow deeper than the bonds of regular siblings, and friendships. I can’t claim to know for sure, but I am sure […]

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A conversation with Nas Campanella

Sometimes it is an incidental advocate, a teacher, a family member or friend who can change the course of our lives.. The power that one person, one experience, negative or positive can have on us cannot be underestimated. It is often not until we are old enough to reflect that […]

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Happy Anniversary!

Have you ever reflected on your life and thought… how did I get here? Well today is that day of reflection for me. Today, 39 years ago, my life changed forever. I was a young, confident energetic 15-year-old girl, doing what I loved the most, riding horses and hanging out […]

A conversation with Nadeera Vasu

In our latest Inspired story, we meet a young woman who came into this world a fighter, already with assumptions made by others about how her future would look. Born with a series of broken bones, and challenges for survival, this remarkable young woman has not only survived, but thrived […]

A conversation with Hannah Setzer

We’re all different – whether you have disabilities, scars, tattoos, light skin, dark skin and other outward differences or not. The point is that some of our differences are visible, and some are not.   As humans, it’s natural for us to notice our differences, but for those with visible […]

A conversation with Fiona Donaldson

At the ripe old age of 19, Fiona Donaldson had to deal with being misunderstood and misdiagnosed when she was struck very suddenly with the symptoms of what was finally diagnosed as Transverse Myelitis. After rehabilitation, and in the process of adjusting to her “new” world, Fiona was able to […]

A Conversation with Ariana Garcia

This edition of Inspired has struck a chord with me, far beyond what I had imagined when I first made contact with Ariana Garcia through social media. In bringing her story to you, I make no apologies for the seriousness of my words of introduction.  In days gone by, issues […]

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A Conversation with Marina Nakhla

Marina has always loved science. Her long-term goal is to earn a Ph.D., so she can work as a clinical psychologist and continue conducting research in neuropsychology. Marina is using her ability and curiosity to challenge stereotypes, not only of women in science, but of women with disabilities in this […]

A conversation with Ariana Covarrubias

Our skin is a big deal – literally. It’s the largest organ in the body, has a surface area of around 2 square metres and is one of the most complicated organs we have. The skin is our body’s coat. It protects us and we probably all take this amazing […]