My name is Rob, and I used to have a pretty average life. I worked long hours at my job, spent time with friends, and always assumed that I would hit all the important milestones in life – house, kids, and maybe even grow a pony tail and pick up a sports cars when I hit my midlife crisis.
But you never know what life holds for you, and at the age of 28 I found myself disabled. Becoming disabled is not something that you ever expect, and needless to say I wasn’t prepared for it. I found myself with huge debts, almost no income, and no idea what to do.
Even worse – there was no hope that my disability was ever going to get better. I was diagnosed with bilateral meniere’s disease, and I was experiencing constant vertigo attacks, dizziness, and an almost complete loss of balance. There was no cure, and the few treatments available to control the symptoms were ineffective on me.
So I decided that if I was going to survive this, I was going to have to change my whole life. I would have to learn how to live with my disability, and more importantly, find a way to support myself from home. It wasn’t going to be easy, but I had no choice but to try.
Starting Surviving Disability
I started by looking online for anything about dealing with disabilities, but there was a shocking lack of information. If a website wasn’t trying to sell you something, it looked like a relic from the 90s, and was only missing a dancing hamster to make it complete.
While government websites did offer some good information, it was often hidden behind difficult to navigate webpages, or hidden in hundreds of pages of text. It was even worse when you contacted these agencies, since many would take days or even weeks to acknowledge your original inquiry.
It was then that I started bouncing around the idea of creating a website to help people survive their disability. A few weeks later, this website was born, and has been growing ever since. It focuses on living with a disability, accessible products, and how to make money if you’re disabled.
If you’ve taken the time to read this far, then I hope that you’ll also explore the website. Hopefully you’ll find useful or interesting information here, and feel free to leave a comment. I always get back to anyone who comments, and appreciate any feedback.