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How I Found My Voice Through Advocating

How starting my blog, The Abler has helped me become a new person

My name is Jessica Niziolek. I am 35 years old. I have Hemiplegia Spastic Cerebral Palsy. From a very young age, I have always loved to write. Creating stories using Lisa Frank stickers, etc. In February 2002 I took to poetry and fell in love with it. I realized then that my writing was just a therapeutic way for me to deal with life, an outlet. It wasn't until July 2016 that I took my desire to help people, and my love for writing and combined the two.

My baby sister, Stephanie, was diagnosed seven years ago with a very serious Neurological disorder called Cluster Headaches. And because there is little info on them, and is considered an invisible illness, it gets assumed as being just a headache. It is not. And being Stephs' big sister I was extremely angry and frustrated by the lack of acknowledgment and simple compassion by people. And I heard a lot of "what is that? I never heard of that before." So one night while talking to my boyfriend The Abler was born. And on July 31, 2016, I started The Abler. The following November