About Kathryn Johnson

Essayist and Writer (with Disabilities!)

My Story

Hello! 

Kathryn here, and you may want to know a little about me. Firstly, I’m a daughter of God and beyond this, I’m the better half of my wonderful husband, Chris, sister to four siblings, a grandmother to three girls-and-a-guy, and a great-grandmother to a pair of lovelies, Adella and her baby brother Michael.

Now that the preliminaries are over, you might be wondering why this lady? Why would Kathryn want to write a blog on the topic of disability? Or, maybe you aren’t wondering, but here’s the scoop: I live with a disability, have family members with disabilities, and started early caring for individuals with disabilities both obvious and not so obvious. My disabilities fall in the second category unless you catch me on a major flare day, and I seem to have many of those lately. In my family alone we deal with intellectual disability, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, spinal disorders, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma markers, the list goes on seemingly to infinity.

If you have a disability infinity isn’t that far stretch of a word. Some of these are medical issues, right? Yep, but medical issues can be disabling, so I’ve mentioned those, too.

The bottom line is that I care about this topic passionately. I find items of interest frequently, I see problems in the world every single time I go out, so you may see a few rants here and there. Regardless, I’m here to inform as simply as I know how, and to make a difference in the only method available to me. I hope you enjoy the information and please, contact me! I’d love to hear from you.

Kathryn

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“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” 

-Stephen Hawking

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