Twenty-three years ago this past weekend, my life (and my family’s lives) would be forever changed. On any given Saturday morning in the Silva household, my parents received the news that I had Spinal Muscular Atrophy—an unfamiliar disease to many at the time. I was given very little hope from my doctors that I would […]


When you think of being a CEO, what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Typically, the term CEO refers to being the chief executive officer of a corporation, but at Bryant University’s 17th annual Women’s Summit, CEO took on an entirely new meaning. On March 14th over 1,000 men and women, including […]


Recently, I wrote a post called “5 Awkward Situations Only People in Wheelchairs Face“. Because of the great feedback I received on that post, I decided it’d be fun to share more of my awkward anecdotes with you. With that said, feel free to laugh along as I talk about more of the embarrassing moments […]


Dear Mom and Dad, Although there’s no rhyme or reason, I’ve never really been the type of person to express how I feel verbally. I know I tell you every day that I love you both, but sometimes saying “I love you” isn’t enough for me. Sometimes, “I love you” doesn’t entirely express just how […]


Happiness is a choice. To be happy, one must look inside their soul. You have to want it. You have to realize that you are in control of your emotions and you are the ultimate creator of your own happiness. All the advice in the world cannot change the way you feel unless you’re truly […]

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At the beginning of 2013, I decided it would be a great idea to keep a jar filled with different experiences that occurred throughout the year. Each time something significant would happen, I would write down the date and a short summary of the day’s happenings onto a small piece of paper, and then throw […]


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