Tiffiny Carlson is our latest Spinal Cord Injury Superstar!
Why she’s fearless:
Tiffiny, hailing from Minnesota, is an accomplished freelance writer who has spread her creative and insightful posts all over cyberspace, starting her website, Beautyability.com in 2003. Tiffiny is a columnist for New Mobility Magazine and writes their Spin 2.0 blog. She also freelances for blogs, including our blog here at SPINALpedia! She has even been published in publications like Penthouse, Playgirl and Nerve.com. She has been decoding, sharing and demystifying all things spinal cord injury for years in all of her writing and on her own website and in her podcast. Really, this girl is on fire.
A wheelchair user since her early teens, Tiffiny is a beautiful blonde who understands the true value of personal style, especially after dealing with something as traumatic as paralysis. She’s about as real as they come, painting a picture of life with spinal cord injury that isn’t sugar coated, but finds a way to be optimistic, while still being realistic. Her spirit and honesty has gotten her a growing followership, all of whom appreciate her insights and stories. She has opened up herself and her story and mentored thousands (including my dad!) who has sought out her advice, and is also a peer mentor for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She opens up about her struggles and triumph, helping people relate to her.
She has developed a particular interest in areas that affect women with disabilities, including wheelchair fashion and style, with confidence that motivates others to discover their own inner beauty while feeling confident about their external beauty as well. She has shared her invaluable tips and tricks for everything from applying makeup without the use of your fingers, to stylish adapted clothing. Her videos are around on the internet, and are featured on SPINALpedia as well.
Why we love her:
Tiffiny just celebrated her 100th SPINALpedia post—profiling anything from cooking to going back to school and anyone from Rick Hansen to Chelsie Hill, and we wanted to make sure that as more and more people read our blog, you know the incredible woman behind the text!
In the words of Dana Brown Ritter (whose ebook was featured here) from Love Like this Life, “When Tiffiny wrote about our blog, and complimented it, I felt like we were seriously legit!…I knew she was a big deal in the SCI community, so I was honestly honored she would write such nice things about us!” Tiffiny is not only legit, but she’s a huge player in the SCI scene and has worked her butt off to get herself where she is today.
Tiffiny is still always finding new ways to get herself and her message out there. Making herself available to different organizations and companies looking to put a face on spinal cord injury. She’ll tell you how it is and will always look to support others who share the same challenges. She embodies what we aspire to do through SPINALpedia, and we wouldn’t have grown as much as we have without her steadfast support and amazing writing skills!
So whether you’ve followed Tiffiny online or know her personally, we know that you’re better for her influence (as we are here at SPINALpedia!) and hope that you can join us in congratulating her and thanking her for her first 100 posts. Here’s to the hundreds to come! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!
How has Tiff impacted your life? What’s your favorite Tiffiny memory?