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A True Inspiration: Allison Wetherbee

Updated on February 27, 2017

Truly Inspirational

With everything that Allison has been through in her life, she is still very inspirational to me.

She of all people has every reason to complain about the lemons that life has handed her but, she was raised by her mother and father to not feel sorry for herself and to work hard to get what you want. This is the same advise that all parents give their children but, Allison had some different obstacles than any of us.

The Sky Is the Limit!

Allison Wetherbee is a true inspiration for anyone faced with overcoming adversities.
Allison Wetherbee is a true inspiration for anyone faced with overcoming adversities. | Source
Camp ASCCA helps people with disabilities come together and share their experiences and have a great time.
Camp ASCCA helps people with disabilities come together and share their experiences and have a great time. | Source

My Personal Experience

When I first met Allison, we were scheduled to meet at the Pizza Hut in Russellville, Alabama. I had just been laid off from a job in that I had been employed at for four years. My mom actually spotted Allison's add for a caregiver for a couple of weeks and called me about her.

I looked for Allison in her wheelchair and her friend at one of the far tables, I spotted them. I walked up on them and I could tell that she didn't have arms but, I didn't notice that she didn't have legs as well. This has to be extremely rare. Her friend that Allison was living with her and her family at the time. She asked me if I could handle the duties and responsibilities that would come with someone who needs 24 hour care.

I didn't know what she meant until I actually started taking care of her, as to how much was truly involved in Allison's daily routine. That isn't saying anything bad against her either, she can not help it, she was born this way.

When I met her she was in between care givers and I was in between jobs and I just felt like we got a long quite well. She currently lived on the campus at Camp ASCCA. Allison had just purchased a house in Muscle Shoals and was moving up that way. Allison stays very busy with her traveling for Camp ASCCA she can be in Mobile, Alabama one day and Muscle Shoals, Alabama the next. She is an amazing person to me. She is as independent as she can be.

Anytime Fitness: Allison Wetherbee

Around the clock care

One of the things that Allison requires is 24/7 care. The simple things that you and I take for granted, she needs help with every one of them. She needs help getting up out of bed, washing her hair, taking a shower, brushing her teeth and putting on her makeup, as well as personal hygiene.

While Allison's condition does require her to have an amazing amount of care, she is also in another sense very independent. When she lived on campus at Camp ASCCA, her home was wheel chair accessible and her office was literally down the street. So, she could just ride in her wheel chair down the street to her office.

Allison Wetherbee At Camp ASCCA

Allison Wetherbee is a true inspiration to people with and without disabilities.
Allison Wetherbee is a true inspiration to people with and without disabilities. | Source

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Public Speaking

Allison grew up knowing about Camp ASCCA and actually went to the camp as a child. She travels all over Alabama speaking at college classes, business groups, civic groups, church groups to raise money for the camp as well as awareness for the camp itself. Allison currently resides as the public relations director at Easter Seals Camp ASCCA. She has since moved off the campus at Camp ASCCA and now lives in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Although Allison doesn't live at Camp ASCCA now, doesn't mean that she is not involved with the camp. With the type of work that Allison does, she may have a speaking engagement in Florence, Alabama with The Kiwanis Club or she might be speaking in Montgomery, Alabama for example, at a church for a group of ladies. The work that she does allows her do the work at home other than the speaking that she does for the camp.

She also will bring her book with her each time she speaks. Her personal story is so amazing and so unheard of, that the ones that listen to her speak will line up after she speaks to meet her. When she is finished with her speech about Camp ASCCA, and she has thanked the group for their support of Camp ASCCA, she will sign her autobiography. That's right! I said she would sign her book. She just puts a pen in her mouth and I would hold open her book and that would allow her to sign.

Eating By Herself

One of the huge things that we take for granted is the fact that the majority of us have both arms as well as legs, for that matter and we don't think anything about fixing food and brushing our teeth, just our daily activities, require her to have help. For almost everything Allison requires help. The small things that we take for granted like scratching when we itch or brushing our hair out of our face. Allison doesn't know what it feels like to do those things herself.

Most of Allison's speaking engagements require her to travel so, a lot of time is spent in the van and on the road. Allison is able to eat by herself while traveling down the road. She is able to completely feed herself, while balancing the plate and not dropping her food. I am still not sure how she does this but, she is able to take a drink of her beverage while traveling as well. I tried to sneak and watch her without her noticing but, I still couldn't figure out how she is so amazing.

She has a Velcro patch on the back of the driver's seat that she hooks her phone to so that she can make calls while on the road or just post things to Facebook.

Allison and her dog

Allison has a dog that travels with her as well at times. The dog is very well behaved and follows voice commands. When the dog wants to go out, she goes towards the door and lets you know she needs to go out.

At times, Allison will take the dog for a walk. Allison and the dog will take off down the road. In a few minutes she will return.

Allison Wetherbee: Her Life Has Been About Overcoming

Allison with a counselor from Ascca Camp grounds in Alabama. Allison Wetherbee first went their as a small child.
Allison with a counselor from Ascca Camp grounds in Alabama. Allison Wetherbee first went their as a small child. | Source

Allison Wetherbee Book on Amazon

Some more about Allison

Allison was born in December 1970. She was born without any arms or legs. She has faced more things in her life than any of us could begin to imagine. Instead of giving up her mom and dad backed her up and she graduated from high school, she has also graduated from college with a master's degree and has worked as a mental health therapist.

She works as the public relations director at Easter Seals Camp ASCCA. She travels all over the state speaking to different businesses and civic clubs. Some of these clubs raise money for the camp. Allison who was once a camper here herself, and has a very strong passion for this camp it's kids and adults. She knows after being a camper at Camp ASCCA herself, she knows what an impact the camp can have on a youngster. She met kids at the camp that she would see year after year at the camp.

I am sad to report that Allison passed away in 2016.

Allison Wetherbee at Camp ASCCA

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I've never heard of Allison but she sounds like an amazing person to have achieved so much. At one time I taught communication in a school for physically challenged children and I know that life is not easy and she has done so well. Thank you for writing about her.

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