How I Interact with Kids in My Power Chair

You’ve probably seen photos of me with my niece, Andi. She is incredible. It’s great spending time with her and watching her grow.

Andi is such an amazing little girl. She is so well behaved and smart. When she was a baby, she didn’t cry much. She listens pretty well too. When Andi was smaller, having iLevel® technology on my Edge® 3 Power Chair really came in handy. I only have one hand. So, when I held Andi, I held her tightly and leaned her against my body. If someone else wanted to hold her, being elevated 12 inches in my power chair made passing her to someone easier and much safer. They didn’t have to bend down to a lower level to grab her. Plus, I didn’t have to lift her up so they could reach her.

I’m excited to say there’s a little boy on the way too! Andi is going to be a big sister. His name is going to be Lincoln and I’m really excited to meet him. I told my brother and his wife that I’m pretty sure the second kid is going to be a lot tougher. They’ll have to manage two kids instead of just one. I hope Lincoln is as good a baby as Andi was. Although, from what I hear from my friends, it doesn’t really work like that. It seems like parents usually get one good baby and one that is more challenging. Still, I am hoping for the best! I am excited to embark on this journey with them.

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.