You have no idea how fun it is to dress up like She-Ra (’80s cartoon character, sister of He-Man).

I’m usually known as “She-Ra in a wheelchair” (instead of just She-Ra) whenever I do it. It kinda pisses me off, but what do you do, the large glaring power chair cannot be ignored. I have never let it stop me though.

I’ve always loved dressing up in costumes. After I got hurt, I loved it that much more. I don’t know why, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with needing to be someone else for awhile (for obvious reasons). Some of the happiest moments I’ve had since becoming paralyzed have happened while I’ve been dressed up.

And by the way, I don’t think it’s unhealthy to want to escape. We all need to every once in awhile, even able-bodied folks (and if you say you don’t you’re lying). And since my costume obsession reignited again post-injury, oh man there have been some crazy costumes…

Let’s see, I’ve been a flapper, Super Girl, Lady Gaga, Catherine Tramell from Basic Instinct, a runner from Logan’s Run, Paris Hilton (that was a lame one), a member of Team Zissou (personal fav), a wench, a Renaissance faire lady, a nihilist from The Big Lebowski, Six from Battlestar Glactica, a mermaid, Batgirl, Jessica Rabbit, Pris from Blade Runner and of course a zombie.

All super fun. See – the thing is is that when you dress up, people think they can now talk to you, or are more comfortable doing so. They can stare without feeling like a jackass, you know? (which is good if you want to meet people too). And I’ve known so many wheelers who love costumes, and Halloween.

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