media monday – lauren scruggs shows off her many prosthetic hands

Remember the news story of the tragic accident last December when a young model and fashion blogger lost her left hand and eye after walking into the propeller of a plane? Well, just shy of a year later, Lauren Scruggs has released a memoir about her experience and recovery. Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope is now in bookstores, and I plan to read it as soon as I get my hand on it. Since I was born without my arm, I can’t imagine what it’s like for someone just a few years older than I am now to deal with such a huge change.

In the video above, Lauren talks a bit about each of her prosthetic hands and what they do. She has everything from a hand specifically designed to help her do push-ups to a swimming hand with a paddle attached to the end (which I would LOVE to get, if anyone has any information on that).

I hope Lauren’s indomitable spirit inspires you on this Monday morning as you start the week after a nice, long Thanksgiving break!

 

Peace,

Caitlin Michelle

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2 years later

On this day two years ago, my boyfriend Chris took me on our first date and a love story was born. It’s been a crazy ride with its ups and downs, but through it all, we’ve never let go of the love we have for each other. Chris is my rock and my biggest supporter in anything I do. He’s my dance partner and best friend, and I’ll always have his back no matter what. He’s the most amazing man I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I hope we’re blessed with many more years together.

Peace,

Caitlin Michelle

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guest post: blogger melissa blake talks body image

Hello, everyone! My name is Melissa, and I am so excited to be featured on Caitlin’s wonderful blog today. I write about my life with a physical disability (and any other pretty things that strike my fancy) on my blog, So About What I Said. When Caitlin suggested that I choose a topic I’d like to write about today, it wasn’t hard coming up with the perfect idea: Loving our bodies just the way they are. Everyone struggles with body-images issues, don’t they? After all, we get “advice” on how we should look all the time — from movies, magazines and even celebrity red carpets. But a piece of the puzzle that conveniently gets tossed aside? This “advice” is probably the most unrealistic and damaging piece of “advice” you’ll ever get.
As a woman living with a physical disability, I’ve had to work even harder to avoid falling into that black hole known as the Pretty Trap — that scary and unhealthy vortex where you find yourself fixated on everything you hate about your body instead of celebrating everything you love about it. Well, NO MORE!! Isn’t it about time you celebrated your body? Here are my Top 5 Favorite Things About My Body (feel free to take your cue from me)…

My red hair

Growing up, all I ever wanted was to have blond or brown hair like all the other girls in my class. I hated that I looked so different from everyone else. But after my father died nearly 10 years ago, I began to realize that my autumnal hues, which came from his side of the family, kept me close to him. Now, my hair is something I celebrate as a way of keeping my father’s memory alive. Plus, I sort of like being able to stand out in a crowd. 

My freckles

Sure, I sometimes feel like I have a million constellations running up and down my arms. And in the summer, those constellations seem to turn into huge bullseye targets that you could probably see from miles away. But when I think about it, freckles are just another way for me to stand out!

My hands

It’s a fact: Most people’s hands are mirror images of each other. They both look pretty much the same. Well, not my hands. I was born with Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, a genetically inherited bone and muscular disorder. One of the main symptoms is joint contractures and stiffness, so when I was growing up, I had dozens of surgeries to loosen my joints. The result? Both of my hands are distinct, which I absolutely love.  

My green eyes

My mom and sister both have beautiful blue eyes, and I used to be so jealous. But then I remembered something: My father had green eyes. When I look in the mirror, it’s comforting to be able to think of him.

My scars

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t always love my surgical scars. It’s not like I have just a few of them here and there. I’ve had more than 26 surgeries, so it’s safe to say that I have quite the collection. My hands. My feet. My knees. My neck. My back. I have scars scattered all over my body, much like those once-pesky freckles, but instead of those scars reminding me of scary hospitals, I’ve come to think of them as sort of a badge of honor. They are a constant reminder of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve overcome. I can’t imagine my life without them.

I’d love to hear what you love about your body. Isn’t it time to celebrate the beauty of being YOU? Thanks so much, Caitlin! Feel free to connect with me on PinterestTwitter, and Facebook. See you there! xoxo

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people’s sexiest man alive

People Magazine released their annual Sexiest Man Alive issue earlier this week and, while the top honor went to Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum, guess who else was featured in the glossy pages? Olympic/Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was lucky number 8 on the list of Sexiest Men of 2012, which doesn’t surprise me much because…well…look at him! The guy’s extraordinarily handsome and super talented.

The photo featured in People Magazine

So does this mean what I think (and hope) it means? Is our society loosening its strict standards of attractiveness and embracing those with physical differences? Or was People Magazine just trying to add a buzzworthy Olympian to celebrate London 2012? Were they trying to be politically correct by including Oscar in their list?

Or maybe I’m looking into it too much. Maybe this has nothing to do with the fact that Oscar is missing both legs. Maybe they just picked him because he’s really hot.

 

Peace,

Caitlin Michelle

 

(Images from Pinterest and People.com)
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big changes

Me with The Glee Project’s Damian McGinty (formerly Rory Flanagan on Glee), Samuel Larsen (Joe Hart on Glee), Cameron Mitchell, and fellow intern Brittany

Big things have been happening lately in my life, and I’d be a pretty bad blogger if I didn’t share them here. So with that being said, I have an announcement to make:

After a year of interning and almost 7 months of working there full-time, I’m leaving the Oxygen Network. I’ve had great times and wonderful memories working on shows like The Glee Project and Tori & Dean, but I think it’s time to move on. In two weeks’ time, I will officially become the Social Media Coordinator for Current TV. I love working in media and look forward to transitioning from reality TV to politics. It’s different, yes. And it will be an interesting first few weeks adjusting to a new company with a new staff in a new section of New York City. But I find comfort in knowing that my first boss and mentor will once again become my supervisor. And it’s great knowing that she’ll be there as I start this new leg of my career.

The Glee Project’s Hannah McIalwain, Brittany, and I are total Gleeks

Am I scared? Yes, of course. This will only be my second full-time job at a major media company, and I’ve got butterflies in my stomach just thinking about my first day. But I’m also super beyond-anything excited about this opportunity. I love politics and I feel like I’ll be able to really make a difference.

 

Inspired and hopeful and excited,

Caitlin Michelle

 

 

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