My name is Amanda Kalnins and I am disabled. I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have been living with these illness' since I was 15 years old and have only gotten worse over the years. I am now 32 years old, married, and despite all of that I have tried to continue being as active as possible. In the last couple of years I have begun navigating the world with a wheelchair.
For the first couple of years I have been using a manual push wheelchair and then this year I upgraded to an electric. It has been such a huge thing for me moving from manual push to electric. It has given me such a sense of freedom that I didn't have before. With this new freedoms it has lead me to wanting to get out and do more than ever and all of it has opened my eyes to a lot things. The biggest being how to navigate through different areas and go on adventures with a wheelchair. Which lead me here. While I was trying to figure out how to navigate through different areas I found the information a little lacking. Most of the time it simply said, "Location Accessible". Since I had no idea what that meant I spent a lot of time doing research and expelling energy that could have been used towards the activity itself.
I decided that this was information I really wanted to share and at the very least log. So I will be here blogging about my different activities, recording videos of me navigating through areas, and generally enjoying my new freedoms. I hope that you will join me along on this adventure as I learn to explore various destinations with a disability.
My name is Amanda and I have a disability. I have fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I love to go on adventures but my illness' makes that a challenge. I didn't want to spend my life living in bed so I got an electric wheelchair (thanks to my parents) and I am hitting the road. Going to some of my favorite places, exploring new places, and sharing with you how I get around with a disability.
I wanted to give a special thank you to my amazing husband Jon. In addition to being my travel buddy he is also my editor. It's thanks to him that these posts aren't nearly as rambling as they could be.