One of the reasons I love blogging and using social media is because I get to meet amazing people from all over the world. I have new friends in Australia, the U.K. and in U.S. cities I’ve never traveled through or heard of before. They’re fellow bloggers or are working in the industries I care about (health and wellness and marketing), podcasters, entrepreneurs and online business “experts” – as in, they already have a strong platform and I’m “just” part-time blogger Melanie from Missouri. While these online friendships aren’t the usual in-the-flesh kind, they’re still meaningful.
Darryl Partridge, Living Life on Crutches
One of the people I met is Darryl Partridge, a New York-based blogger at Living Life on Crutches. His blog’s tagline, “Support and motivation for those using crutches due to a temporary or permanent disability,” only hints at what he’s about. Spend time on Darryl’s About Me page, read his posts (like, Could You Choose Amputation?), learn about his passions (How Volunteering Saved Me!) or make note of the resources he shares (Choosing Your Crutches) – and then you’ll get better sense of him.
I’m challenged to be a better blogger when I see Darryl’s bold blogging style – how he doesn’t flinch from honestly sharing what it means to be living life on crutches. In How Disability Impacts Your Family, he wrote:
I also admire Darryl’s sense of humor and the fact he makes it okay for me and his other Living Life on Crutches readers to laugh right along with him:
Darryl inspires me by more than just his blogging style and the niche-specific resources he shares. By following Darryl on Twitter, I see the mission he’s on to build more awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities by supporting affinity causes and individuals.
From reading Darryl’s blog over the last few months, I learned that since late 2007 when he first experienced issues with his foot, through six subsequent ankle surgeries which did nothing to alleviate his terrible pain, he’s made several life-changing decisions. One was to have his ankle’s range of motion surgically restricted by having the tibia/talus ankle joint fused. Another was to begin blogging about his journey. And then there was his decision to have his lower left leg amputated below the knee (the surgery is now scheduled for next Wednesday, September 24):
I’ll be thinking of Darryl, his family and the healthcare professionals taking care of him in the days to come. I look forward to his return to blogging to read the stories he’ll share about his recovery and what comes next for him and his family, his career and his passions. And though I’m tagging this post as an interview, it’s a very one-sided conversation. So I already warned Darryl I’ll be contacting him for a proper interview … and he’s up for it!