Welcome! Lenkaland shares my adventures in creative photography, raising two kids, writing, living with chronic illness, raising a daughter with dyslexia, and swimming with mermaids. Hope you have a nice stay!

Mission Statement

To support and inspire extraordinary people and families. I want to build a community where disability is not a tragic, sad fate.  I want a community where we celebrate differences in physical and mental abilities.  I want a community where I do not hold a vision of "normal" as a model of success, where I do not wear myself out trying hide my challenges.

I want a community where people are not compelled to 'overcome' their disability.  Where respect, healthy limits, and helping the world meet us halfway are wonderful ideas.  I want disability to be a dance rather than an obstacle.  I want disability to be a chance to grow, to change, to understand ourselves and each other better.  I want disability to enrich our lives and never-ever diminish them.

Long ago, I read about an author explaining his stories.  I write about ordinary people coping with extraordinary circumstances.

Well, I am the opposite.  I am extraordinary in an ordinary life.  I am extraordinary because all the ordinary things are in my world- driving, bills, family.  And yet I have an extra something on my plate, an extra helping that could break me . . . or inspire me.

I don't get to choose my chronic condition.  I choose how I live with it.

There are many paths through life, and disability changes the landscape, but it doesn't have to be doom and gloom.  We all have our own journey.  Let's make the most of the path we're on.

That is my mission. Let the adventure begin.

Living with CMT, Day 32

Memorable Ordinary Evening