Janet Thompson is a life time resident of the Parsons area. Growing up Janet became aware of people with disabilities at an early age. Her mother had Polio when she was nine.
Janet recalls how being persistent and not giving up was a positive impact on her mother. She shared how her father built an adaptive device for her mom's bed. This was part of the reason why she was a fighter and never gave up.
Janet has worked over sixteen years a Personal Care Attendant (PCA). She shared how an accident, "Basically turns your life upside down". But people can still do their job.
As we discussed being a PCA and the work that goes along with that job, Janet said, "One thing my dad taught me a long time ago...Don't treat anybody any different than you would want to be treated".
Janet currently uses an electric chair for mobility on the job and off. Janet looks at the person she works for as a good example. Working with others is a good way to keep yourself motivated and going even when times can be difficult.
She shared how being independent and not relying on others is a good thing, but at some point we need to listen and use the resources that are available. Janet commented, "It was either keep working and accept some help or quit and just sit here. So I decided to quit being stubborn."
Janet uses the Working Healthy Program as great resource. One of the benefits of the Working Healthy program for Janet was the assistance with covering the cost of medications.
Janet wants everyone to know, "I've learned that there comes to a point when being stubborn isn't the intelligent thing to do."
If you would like more information on Working Healthy or other resources, contact us online or at a SKIL office near you.
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