Hey, I'm Erika!


I'm an author, advocate, innovator, and educator. Those are simply succinct ways of sharing what I do and what I'm passionate about. I describe more of my journey below, and welcome connecting further, either through my contact form or via Instagram.

Erika is at a pumpkin patch smiling at the camera. She standing using her cane. The background is of hay, pumpkins, flowers, and a scarecrow.
Erika is sitting on an outdoor couch smiling at the camera. She is writing on a lap desk and using a blanket. The background is a fence and some flowers.
Erika is using her knee scooter and smiling at the camera. Behind her is green grass and a flower garden.

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Chronic Pain & Writing Adalene

After years of ankle injuries, surgeries, appointments, and physical therapy, I've had to accept that chronic pain is a part of my story. Prior to this acceptance, I had done everything right --following the advice of medical practitioners, seeking additional advice and recommendations, completing my exercises at home and gaining strength in physical therapy, and advocating for myself in countless appointments.

Several years ago I heard from a couple of different specialists that my ankle is as good as it's going to get. While crushing to accept, it gave me freedom to finally look ahead, instead of trying to get back to the Erika I used to be.

Navigating a dynamic disability is filled with ups and downs. It's constant work to accept limitations, invite others into understanding, and take ongoing and active measures to rest. I wrote Adalene Plays Many Ways when I couldn't find a story out there that reflected some of my own experiences, and I wanted to invite my youngest friends (my niece and nephews) into understanding.

I invite you to read it, and welcome your feedback. My hope is that this story helps people feel a little more seen. And maybe along the way we'll promote inclusion. Thanks for joining me!