ILWAD Editor and Chief Maureen Gazda is named!

Both Scotty and I am so extremely please to welcome Maureen to our core team. Her first message from our main community blog to you, our members:

Hi Everyone!

As the newly named editor of the site, I want to formally welcome everyone to the community. With this being my very first blog, I want to tell you a little about myself so we can get to know each other better. I am very excited because this is going to be the first of many routine blogs! On a regular basis I am going to be posting blogs about anything and everything. I want to provide you with informative articles, stories and videos that will give you perspective and advice. I also love to laugh and many of these blogs will provide you with a chuckle to get you through your day.

So now, a little more about who I am…

You know how they say that life can change in an instant? Well, I am a living example of that adage. When I was 12 years old my life was drastically changed in a split second. I dove into my friend’s backyard pool and was suddenly and abruptly thrown into the world of a quadriplegic. I suffered a C5 incomplete spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down. After going through the many ups and downs mentally, emotionally and physically, I vowed that I was never going to let this injury get in the way of accomplishing my many goals and dreams.

Since that July day 12 years ago, I have gone on to the accomplish so much in life. My physical strength and the movement I have regained have far exceeded what doctors and physical therapists originally predicted. This is partly due to my excellent physical condition prior to getting hurt; I was a competitive swimmer. I have challenged myself immensely in these past 12 years to get where I am today and I will continue to do so by taking on projects that mean something to me. When asked to be a part of Ilivewithadisability.com, I jumped at the chance. I really believe in the purpose and focus of this website. It’s a place where people can come together, share stories and relate to one another.

I am also planning a fundraiser for Spinal Cord Injury research which will take place next summer. I want to raise money and awareness for needed medical research – as well as adaptive devices for newly injured people. I can handle anything that comes at me and want to be able to share my experiences and story with people who need support – as well as share written stories that highlight promising technologies, a positive human spirit and community outreach.

The writing/publishing world has always been my niche. I am a 2007 graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science. In the years following college I have worked as a producer for a news station and I have been a public relations assistant in a congressional office. Since the winter, I have been freelance writing for two publications.

I am very excited about this opportunity to blog for Ilivewithadisability.com! My goal is to bring you a variety of informative, uplifting, and humorous stories that will enlighten your day.

Next blog coming soon!

Maureen Gazda
ILWAD Disability News Organization
Editor and Chief

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