Wheelchair users have been “rolling” with laughter over the recently popular Tumblr blog, “The Disabled Life.” The brainchild of Canadian sisters Jessica and Lianna Oddi, this illustrative blog puts a hilarious yet brutally honest spin on navigating life in a wheelchair and documents the “jerks and perks of living the disabled life.”
Both talented artists and graphic designers, the sisters were born with a rare genetic condition similar to spinal muscular atrophy and have used wheelchairs for most of their lives. They said the idea for the blog came about organically when they decided to mesh their sarcastic sense of humor, artistic talent and real life experiences.
“Well we’ve both always had this kind of humor, and our friends heard most of these stories all the time. So why not share it online?” says Jessica Oddi, 24. “It started with Twitter, but since we’re both artists, we decided to start a blog so we could draw comics. It seemed the perfect way to merge the two things we love, drawing and sarcasm!”
From likening their Hoyer lift experience to Miley Cyrus’ infamous “Wrecking Ball” video, and tales of awkward online dating to the struggle of wearing a crop top, the Oddi sisters offer a hysterical view on everyday challenges of living with a disability — while still illuminating the blatant ignorance they experience as disabled young women.
Taking the Internet by storm, the blog has garnered the attention from not only the disabled community but the nondisabled population as well.
“We really did not expect it to explode like it has,” says Lianna Oddi, 26. “But we just want to keep sharing our stories and the stories of others in a light and funny way. It’s such a huge compliment to hear from the disabled community, saying how much they loved or related to our comics. And on the flip side, it’s great to see nondisabled people changing their perspectives or realizing something new by reading our comics.”
With over 15 illustrations accompanied by humorous captions, the sisters say they are overwhelmed by the response and encourage others to contact them and share their own ideas and experiences.
“All this positive feedback from our blog has been so humbling and unbelievable,” they say as one. “Thanks to all our followers for reading!”
<I>Read the Oddi sisters blog at thedisabledlife.tumblr.com<I>