Hi, I’m Katja.
I’m a person with multiple sclerosis who uses a wheelchair. I’m also a software engineer for an aerospace company, a wife, a mother, a singer (in Cantabile), a web designer, a traveler and an athlete. I grew up in a Foreign Service family and was lucky enough to be able to live in several different countries before returning to the United States to attend high school and college. Now I live in Colorado with my husband and a lot of sports equipment.
brokenclay.org/journal is first and foremost a personal blog; I don’t pretend (or intend) to represent everyone with a disability. It’s about my life with a disability—the frustrations, the tricks, the tips, and the comedy. So often, when I am trying to figure out how to do something (take a trip in an airplane, learn how to handcycle, bake bread, fill in the blank…) as a person with a disability, the wonderful world of Google and the internet fails me, and so once I figure out how to do it, I write it down here.
I was diagnosed with MS in the mid-nineties, and started blogging about it in 2001. As my life, health and outlook have changed, so has brokenclay. When I was trying to balance work, young kids, and deteriorating physical abilities, I posted about that. As my kids got older and my job responsibilities grew, I wrote more about professional issues, especially business travel as a wheelchair user. Now I work less, the kids are out of the house, and my priorities have shifted to physical fitness and sports. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel both domestically and internationally for pleasure most of my life, and I hope that there will be more travel in the future!
In addition to blogging here, I maintain websites for Cantabile and Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing (my husband’s avocation, not mine!), and moderate the Disability Travel and Women Travelers forums at FlyerTalk, the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.
Thank you for reading. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, either by leaving a comment on a blog post (love, love, love comments!) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and consider subscribing to my RSS feed so you won’t miss anything!