Jimmy Vs. Social Security Administration, Round 2 (Update)

My dilemma with Social Security is so frustrating that it’s become exhausting to even think about. BUT I’m so thankful for the ongoing support from everyone that I want to keep you all in the loop. The Social Security Administration has yet to overturn their decision to terminate my 1619B status, which is a federal [...]

By |2018-08-21T19:44:23+00:00August 21st, 2018|blog|Comments Off on Jimmy Vs. Social Security Administration, Round 2 (Update)

Jimmy vs. Social Security Administration, Round 2

Read about Round 1 here, which occurred just after I landed my job out of college. In ten days, I may be forced to accept society’s definition of “disabled”, a term I’ve been fighting to redefine for my entire life. I have a hearing with the Department of Welfare to reinstate my eligibility for Medicaid, [...]

By |2018-07-21T16:29:15+00:00July 21st, 2018|blog|Comments Off on Jimmy vs. Social Security Administration, Round 2

The Power of Words/ Why I Love to Write

People often say when one of the five senses is compromised, another is heightened to compensate for the deficiency. Well, I know physical strength is not one of the five senses, but I do believe my ability to use words is better than average to compensate for my physical limitations, in the same sense. Since [...]

By |2018-07-16T02:30:29+00:00July 16th, 2018|blog|Comments Off on The Power of Words/ Why I Love to Write

Adrien Chavanon: Muscular Dystrophy, Psychotherapy, and Being You

I’m a lot of things. Son, brother, friend, and colleague are a few of these things. I work hard. I’ve traveled a good deal. I prefer small and intimate gatherings to wild parties but don’t get it twisted; I can throw down with the best of them. I love music, fine dining, and sports. I [...]

By |2017-03-10T00:14:27+00:00November 19th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Adrien Chavanon: Muscular Dystrophy, Psychotherapy, and Being You

What Does Living Independently Mean, Anyway?

Yesterday my business partner and I had the awesome opportunity to speak at West Chester University. We had so much fun that the professor invited us to stay for her second class. In both classes the message I hoped to convey was that just because someone has a disability doesn't imply, well, really anything. Everyone, [...]

By |2017-03-10T00:14:27+00:00October 14th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on What Does Living Independently Mean, Anyway?

Temple Made

Given the recent victory against Penn State football, I think it’s only right I put a spotlight on my alma mater, Temple University. Drawn to the school by its urban location, diverse student body, and honors program, my years as a Temple student (2007-2011) will go down as some of the best years of my [...]

By |2017-03-10T00:14:28+00:00September 10th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Temple Made

Teammates for Life

With Valentine's Day just in the rear view, I'd like to dedicate a post to the most important woman in my life, my mom. I owe the world to her for enabling me to learn the habit of disabling my limits at a very early age. Being a big basketball fan I equate many things [...]

By |2014-02-22T23:30:48+00:00February 22nd, 2014|blog|Comments Off on Teammates for Life