The two main things I want to profile on my blog in 2011 are: (1) IKAN User profiles from people around the U.S. and World, and (2) further chronicles of my pursuit of the Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS).
Wheelchair users around the U.S. and also some abroad, mostly in Europe, are enjoying dynamic bowling with the IKAN Bowler and I want to share more of their stories/profiles here. Many wheelchair users, especially power wheelchair users, still don't know that dynamic bowling is possible, regardless of one's reason for wheelchair use or chair type. Anyone who can safely operate a wheelchair can bowl, and I'm going to share stories of people who are. Some can be found here: www.WheelchairBowlingRecords.com.
Also, if you've followed my blog, you know I've been pursuing an alternative to the ventilators that I've used the last 13+ years which is a diaphragmatic pacing system. I'm (hopefully) getting close to a surgery date. The coordinating doctor for my concurrent surgeries (in addition to the DPS, I'm also having my cardiac pacemaker replaced during the same trip to the operating room) is checking out the possibility of surgery on February 1st or 3rd. So in roughly a month, I could have these surgeries done, but neither date has been confirmed (either is fine from my caregivers' and my perspective).
The goal of my blog is to spread awareness about how wheelchair users are being empowered, in hopes that it could help improve the quality of life for other wheelchair users. So I might also share other noteworthy items here. We'll see what the year brings!
I agree with Charles Swindoll who said, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." May you control what you can and react well to everything else.
Have a healthy and happy 2011 -- and God bless!
Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 221 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net