A Quickie Life Story: Jenny Siegle
Sports fanatic, wife, adventure lover, daughter, successful professional, sister, proud aunt, producer, amazing friend, and advocate are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Jenny Siegle. I first met Jenny in May 2012 during one of my first Sunrise Medical business trips. Thanks in part to our mutual love of our NFL football teams (Denver for Jenny and Washington for me), live music, and being children of the 1980’s, Jenny and I became fast friends. Since that first meeting we have had the opportunity to see each other several times and stay in contact via social media. We most recently saw each other in Arlington, Virginia when Jenny was in town for the annual National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) conference. Jenny flies in from her home state of Colorado each year to participate in the conference and meetings with several congressional offices to advocate for improved consumer access to vital complex rehab technology. While we didn’t have as much time as either of us would have liked to catch up, we did have an opportunity to talk about Jenny’s Quickie Life Story.
Jenny was born and raised right outside of Denver, Colorado. While sick with what seemed to be her first bout with a flu bug when she was just 9-months-old, Jenny’s parents noted a sudden and drastic change in her motor skills. She was eventually diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which sometimes results in injury across the spinal cord. Jenny’s spinal cord was impacted at the C4/C5 level. At a very young age Jenny’s parents encouraged her to not let her injury get in the way of her desires. In fact, when Jenny was 2 years old she became the youngest person in the state of Colorado to be approved by her funding source for a power wheelchair.
Jenny has not looked back since gaining independent mobility as a toddler. Jenny’s stories of adventures with her friends are epic, so much so that she often jokes about waiting to tell her mother, Barbara, what she has done until after it’s over. While her parents have been and always be Jenny’s biggest supporters, Barbara will quickly tell you that Jenny will always be her baby whom, like most mothers, she will worry about no matter how old Jenny gets.
A Walk to Remember
How do you like to spend your free time?
Spending time with my family is very important to me. I also love traveling and going to sporting events.
Who would most like to see in concert?
Well, I have been lucky enough to attend many concerts and see some awesome performances. However, I have not seen Tom Petty yet and I love classic rock.
What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
I am incredibly proud of the fact that I am a successful sports producer at Altitude Sports and Entertainment who is respected in her field.
If you could have dinner with a celebrity, who would it be and where would you go?
I would love to have dinner with NBC Sports Sunday Night Football sideline reporter, Michele Tafoya. I think I would take her to my favorite Mexican place, Los Arcos.
What is your dream vacation?
I think it would be fun to go on a cruise throughout the Bahamas. The cruise would include several stops including one where I could swim with the dolphins.
How did you meet your best friend?
My husband, Eric, and I met when we were both working part-time at Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies). Our relationship began as a friendship, but before either of us realized it developed into much more.
Who inspires you?
My mother, Barbara, inspires me each day to be a good person. She and my father have been my biggest advocates.
What does living life without limits mean to you?
Living life the way I want to live it! If I can’t do something the typical way, I’ll figure out a different way. I never want to miss out. Nothing gets in my way!
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Posted by: Date: 8/2/2016 10:00:00 AM
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