Meet Ashley Lyerla from Indiana: new mom to Liberty, wife to Veteran Jake, Ambassador and SCI/Caregiver advocate. Her life is something to be admired, but it was not always domestic bliss.

Ashley has struggled with her mental health since her traumatic childhood, and has always been fiercely open about her battles. Join us as we discuss who Ashley is, her struggles, and how she overcame severe depression and anxiety. We learn about her love story, how she met her army veteran husband Jake after he was paralyzed and left an amputee by an IUD blast in Afghanistan at 19, and what the key to their relationship success is.

Ashley is here to teach us all that love and life does NOT always look how you would’ve imagined, and that is OK. You will be inspired and enlightened by Ashley’s words, and learn that acceptance is the key to happiness.

PART 1 of our interview with Ashley explores her own personal journey, love story, Jake’s medical issues and ostomy, as well as her journey to wanting a family.

Stay tuned for PART 2 coming next, where we discuss her detailed journey to conceiving Liberty via IVF and double donors. You won’t want to miss it!

This episode is sponsored by Wishart Brain and Spine Law https://brainandspinelaw.com. Robyn Wishart and her team of SCI Lawyers specialize in helping those who are injured live a life and NOT a claim and serve clients all over North America as advocates. To learn more about what Robyn is doing to help the WAGS of SCI community, visit our website or contact Wishart Law directly to discuss your claim for FREE.

This episode is sponsored by Camp PossAbility , a camp for people with Spinal Cord Injuries aged 18-40. This years Camp PossAbility is in Martinsville Indiana, and will be attended by people from all over the United States. This week long camp hosts many adapted activities, and provides all its attendees with trained SCI assistants for BP, transfers, Skin checks and more (they even include medical supplies and equipment!). This years Camp PossAbility runs from August 1st – 6th 2021, and registration opens February 1st. Limited spots available with financial aid and payment plans available for those who need it. The best part? Most of the Camp fee is taken care of by Camp PossAbility staff through grants and donations. For more information visit http://www.camppossability.org or email lauren@camppossability.org. You can also contact them via their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Shout Out to Rebecca Minna of For The Love Of Parking https://www.fortheloveofparking.com, an advocacy platform dedicated to creating awareness and education around access for all. Rebecca is dedicated to changing ADA laws, but needs YOUR help! She also sells medical grade Percussor massage devices on her “shop” page (use code WAGSOFSCI for a discount!)  For more information visit https://www.fortheloveofparking.com and use the hashtag #DontParkLikeAPunk