Author Archives: Leah Leilani

Being Independent Within My Capabilities

I often associate independence with adulthood and coming-of-age. The liberation of a teenager learning to drive a car or a student bidding farewell to their childhood home as they are whisked off to college are just a few things that come to mind. I think of these things…

Dating in the Era of Coronavirus

It is undeniable that the coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of life. Along with establishing new norms for work, school, and social interaction, the pandemic has forced romantic relationships to undergo alterations.  “When can I see you again?” my boyfriend, Will, asked for the…

Learning to Accept My Mental Illness Through Creativity

Positivity is a characteristic that I naturally possess. I seldom struggle to find the bright side of situations. Although this attribute has saved me innumerous times from acquiring a negative disposition, I have not been completely unscathed by depression and anxiety.  My mental illness began early…

The Power of Empathy Among Friends

I’ve never considered myself to be insecure about my disability. My use of a mobility aid has never dulled my social butterfly persona, except on a few occasions when I’ve communed with other people with disabilities and had to face the reality of my own disease. …

The ‘Crip Camp’ Utopia Made Us a Better Society Today

Netflix’s new documentary “Crip Camp” transports viewers to the peak era of peace-preaching hippies and civil rights activists. But amid these revolutions, another minority group struggled to find belonging: the disability community. To further their cause, Camp Jened’s hippie staff dedicated themselves to treating people with disabilities…

Realizing My Introversion During Self-isolation

In the days when I still attended school, I was deemed an extrovert by my teachers and school officials. Never did I falter in putting myself “out there.” I was best known as the girl who won the talent show by belting out a Dixie Chicks song while…

Difficulties Strengthen Interabled Relationships

The best relationships aren’t full of luxurious vacations and daily smiles and laughter. Long-lasting couples have been to hell and back together, growing closer and stronger through the storms. Ups and downs because of illness and vulnerabilities, along with the need for extra support, can test an interabled relationship. But…