Friday, July 29, 2016

VIDEO: THANK YOU - 2 Years Blogging at Tonia Says!

I was pretty nervous making this video, you guys, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you as readers and supporters of Tonia Says.  (A transcript of the video is available in the video description on YouTube if anyone needs it.)

Two years ago, I came across a post shared by a friend of mine on Facebook.  This post was from the point of view of a parent, giving other parents tips so that typical children would understand how to best interact with their disabled child.  Many of the tips were great, but a few really made me uneasy having been that disabled child, once upon a time.  So, I spoke to my friend privately and we had a great conversation about how she could best support disabled people in her family.

It was that conversation that led me to create Tonia Says.  I realize there are plenty of blog posts that pre-date July 29, 2014, but those were extras from another social media site that I didn't want to lose.  The actual original Tonia Says content started on that date.

I really want you all to know how much I appreciate and value you.  It means the world whether you have come here for community or to learn more.  I'm glad you're here.

Thank you so much for your support.

PS Check out K's post at Transcending CP, about why we want your questions.


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  1. I've been reading your blog for several months now and I love it! Thank you so much for starting it and for providing me with a fresh new perspective on disability. I'd love to submit questions for the panel thing as well, and I read K's (seriously amazing) blog, too, but she doesn't have an anonymous option, so I hope it's okay if I submit them to you. I am a person with mild CP affecting my left side, just so you know where I'm coming from disability-wise.

    How do you handle telling acquaintances or new friends about your CP? (I'm asking because mine is very mild and most people don't know that I'm not able-bodied until I do something physical in a different way. I rarely get questions, but when I do, they take me by surprise and make me incredibly uncomfortable, and I hope you and K can help me with this!)

    Secondly, I'd love to know what it's like publicakky blogging about CP and about what you believe some of the advantages and disadvantages are of sharing your CP journey publically vs. anonymously (I'd LOVE for K to weigh in on this, too, since she blogs anonymously!)

    1. Hi! Thanks so much for your great questions. We will add them to the list. If you think of any more, don't hesitate to ask <3