Hawaii, the land of Aloha

One particular evening while I was recently visiting Maui Hawaii, I was on a mission to join the locals in watching a beautiful sunset. With 35 minutes to go, my caregiver and I raced to a little beach park off the main road with a small cooler of Kona beer and some Maui onion chips, you know – proper sunset provisions.

Sunsets are a natural part of the day in Hawaii, both tourists and locals alike stop their day at sunset to observe the sun’ s descending into the Pacific Ocean like a red fireball dropping into the blue turquoise water to be cooled down for a night’s sleep.

Link: Hawaii, the land of Aloha | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

12 minutes to surrender

It’s not every day you wake up to the news that you have 12 to 14 minutes to prepare for nuclear warfare… While you’re on vacation in Maui Hawaii… And you are fully paralyzed lying in bed. You cannot jump out of bed, or find appropriate shelter or grab whatever supplies you would need for a two-week underground protection stay from complete destruction – because you’re paralyzed and completely dependent on those around you.

Link: 12 minutes to surrender | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

Rocking out at Red Rocks

My favorite hobby is listening to music. From the early days of childhood when Walkman’s were the hot Christmas commodity, my brothers and I would listen on our headphones to the jams of Led Zeppelin, the Who, Men at Work and even the band Kiss while on family road trips.

Luckily, I live near one of the most unusual and unique outdoor music venues in the country – Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colorado. The problem is nonhandicapped individuals often purchase front row tickets – specified for handicap patrons – and resell them on third-party sites at astronomical markups for their own personal financial gain.

Link: Rocking out at Red Rocks | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

Tomorrow is a new day…

Usually my blogs focus on positivity, empowerment, breaking down barriers, changing the paradigm of thought, and inspirational travel stories etc. But it seems necessary to interject the other side of the coin that represents life’s difficulties, challenges and the dark, gloomy days that sometimes seem unbearable.

It is the real face of surviving a spinal cord injury. I found myself in this debacle this past week during my annual post spinal cord injury reevaluation. It was a physically, mentally and emotionally demanding week of various medical tests and appointments, five straight days of what I like to call hell week.

Link: Tomorrow is a new day… | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

It was a magical day

My father used to say, “life is funny sometimes, and you never know where it may lead you…” I was hearing his resounding voice in my head a few weeks ago while I sat in my wheelchair in a news studio in Times Square, New York City, preparing to help Will Reeve and company be part of the live final closing bell ceremony for NASDAQ’s stock exchange while I was visiting the city to attend the annual Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF) gala A Magical Evening.

Link: It was a magical day | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

Love and Light for our Lifesavers

Not many quads live alone. And so it is in my adventurous spirit to push the envelope and achieve living alone in my apartment as a full quad. Every single day, I need 100% assistance getting in and out of bed, positioning, dressing, eating, transportation, washing dishes and laundry, cleaning house, watering flowers … The list is long and goes on for miles. And so it is in the season of gratitude and showing thanks during caregiver awareness month that I bow down symbolically to 7 wonderful, smart and dedicated women that allow me to live my life independently, safely in helping me return to some form of even a smidge of normalcy that I once had in my prior, pre-injury life.

Link: Love and Light for our Lifesavers | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

You are my hero

I love public speaking. Most impressionable is speaking to children, especially kids that have never been exposed to or even spoken to a person in a wheelchair. Recently, I met Alex, who asked if he could shake my paralyzed hand and tell me how inspired he was by my story. For little Alex, the bravest 10-year-old I have ever met, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia type III, a rare and very fatal type of blood cancer that he has been battling for five years.

Link: You are my hero | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

Coming up for air

This spring I engaged in a weeklong “scuba diver with disabilities trip” hosted by A1 Scuba and the Craig Hospital Therapeutic Recreation Department out of Denver, Colorado. Our 15-hour journey included 3 airplanes and 12 physical transfers in/out of my power wheelchair. No easy physical feat, as each transfer required 3 to 4 transfer assistants. An avid traveler, I was ready for the trip.

Link: Coming up for air | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst

A dog is your best friend

I grew up with dogs, labs and golden retrievers. My love affair with dogs started at birth, as I was born in October 1977 and my family purchased a beautiful Labrador Retriever puppy in September a month before I was born, named Joshua. Joshua was the smartest of animals, known best for his ability to sneak out of every door and unlatch every fence gate to run wild in various neighborhoods. He was my protector, and my best friend.

Link: A dog is your best friend | Reeve Blogger Elizabeth Forst