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Monica Engle Thomas

Official Merchandise

Reclaim the disabled narrative.

Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Black Premium Unisex Tee

Premium Unisex Tee

$24.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Charcoal Black Triblend Unisex Tee

Triblend Unisex Tee

$28.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Black Pullover Hoodie

Pullover Hoodie

$37.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Black Crewneck Sweatshirt

Crewneck Sweatshirt

$35.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Black Women's Slim Fit Tee

Women's Slim Fit Tee

$24.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Black V-Neck Unisex Tee

V-Neck Unisex Tee

$24.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Vintage Smoke / White Football Jersey Tee

Football Jersey Tee

$28.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Dark Heather Classic Unisex Tee

Classic Unisex Tee

$23.99
Reclaim the disabled narrative., a Black Women's Slouchy Tank

Women's Slouchy Tank

$27.99
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About
Reclaiming the disabled narrative, one story at a time.

My Mission

I was born with a hereditary neuromuscular disorder called Charcot Marie Tooth. CMT attacks the peripheral nervous system and leads to progressive muscle wasting of the arms and legs. I was diagnosed when I was two, got my first pair of leg braces at five, and became a full time wheelchair user in my early twenties.
Growing up as a kid with a disability, I had very little representation in the media I consumed. On the rare occasion that a disabled character did make an appearance, it was always as a vehicle to move an able-bodied character's story forward. Disabled people were too often portrayed as a tragedy to learn from or an inspiration just for being alive. It wasn't exactly a roadmap for thriving with a disability.
That is why I am so passionate about sharing my real life, through blogging and posting to social media. There are so many preconceived notions about disabled people that I am working to dismantle. Mostly, I am trying to be the representation I so desperately needed as a child. When we see ourselves reflected in the media we consume, it becomes so much easier to accept ourselves exactly the way we are. If I can help even one person learn to love the body that their soul was born into, I will have done my job. 

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