Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Joines

Born:
January 27, 1981

 

Kimberly’s Voice:

I am a woman.  I am a daughter, friend, lover; I am an athlete.  My disability does not define me.  It is one of the many aspects of my life that provides me depth in character. It is not my weakness, but a source of my strength.  It has given me a sense of understanding, overwhelming patience, and constant opportunities to grow as a person.  I have always been an athlete.  In 2000 at the age of 19 I sustained a spinal cord injury while snowboarding.  Although this was a somewhat unfortunate accident, it was a critical turning point in my life, which given the opportunity, I might not even change back.  I have always thrived on challenges and relished in my ability to overcome seemingly impossible tasks.  I  could not consider living as a paraplegic one of those tasks.  I have broken 29 bones in my lifetime (so far) in a countless variety of crashes, and I wear my scars like war wounds.  Each injury, each crash, hospital stay, cast, rod, screw; they give me power.  They teach me that although I am NOT invincible, I can likely get through anything this life might throw my way.  I do not perceive myself as any different than before my injury; those that know would agree that it places no bearing on who I am.  Life is a series of unforeseen events.  Life is not easy.  I am grateful for the challenges I have faced, as they give my life a story, they are a part of my path.  I know that I will continue to create obstacles for myself and surprise the many individuals who judge without understanding what kind of person I am underneath it all.  Drop the equipment, drop the judgment, drop the clothes… this is me.

 

Photographers Notes:

Tenacity and persistence are the best words to describe Kimberly.  “I can deal with broken bones but will never stop doing what I love because it is my passion”.

On her living room wall in her house in Rossland BC, hang five x-ray framed images of Kimberly’s injuries.  A constant reminder of what has contributed in bringing her to who she is today, and she
is proud of it.  It is hard meeting Kimberly and not noticing strength of character, a strength that is learning that sometimes soft is also strong.

Sharon Tenenbaum