Name: Jordan Howell
Where do you call home? I live in Houston, Texas, but I grew up in Dallas, Texas.
Education (degree(s): I graduated from the University of North Texas in 2002. I majored in advertising and film production. I worked as the film critic for the school newspaper for 2 years.
What is your relationship status? I am single with no children. I have not, as of yet, found the one. Maybe I'm just too ugly!
How long have you known you are living with FA? (When and how were you diagnosed?) I was diagnosed in 1994. I was 15, and it came as a complete shock. My sister had recently died of Leukemia, and I was sent to a neurologist for, what I thought was, a back related injury from BMX bike racing. I did not know very much about Friedreich's Ataxia or understand the severity of the word, "progression." In hindsight, I can see a lot of the balance issues that led to my diagnosis.
Describe your transition from walking to a wheelchair? I had minor balance issues throughout High School. I was mistaken for being drunk or on drugs many times. It became more dangerous during college. Falling down stairs or injuries from being stubborn, finally, made me seek out mobility aides. Over the course of a year, I went through AFO'S, canes, and walkers. I'm bought my first wheelchair soon after my 21st birthday.Add a comment