Photo Shoot

Wednesday, March 27th

I have to say; today has been an all around fun day!!

State Coordinator, Sam Moreno told me last week that I would need professional pictures for the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. My first thought was to call the girls with Bloom Photography. Skye and Dee were excited and more than willing to offer their services, and at no charge. Bloom Photography is located on the Sponsor’s Page of this website. Thanks girls!! I can’t wait to see the pictures!!

I already had a hair appointment scheduled for this morning with my fabulous friend Tabitha Colston at Tanglz 2 Toez. If you know me, you know how much I LOVE fresh hair! So, fresh hair and a photo shoot all in the same day was perfect!! Tabitha did not disappoint and I headed home with pretty, fresh hair. (If you are in the Chattanooga area and looking for a great hair stylist, you should give her a call.) It dawned on me on my way home that I should have taken some pictures of Tabitha in action. (Me with a head full of foil is probably not what you want to see though.)

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Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2013 Platform

Each one of you in this room today has something you struggle with. Simply stated, each one of us has a disability. What separates us is how we chose to deal with our disability.

Even though I lead my life from a wheelchair, I don’t feel as though my day-to-day activities are different from anyone else’s. I have Muscular Dystrophy and I, in no way, let that stop me from leading my life.

After my diagnosis at age 17, I was told my muscles were going to slowly deteriorate to the point I would no longer be able to walk. In the blink of an eye, my future seemed so uncertain to me. I began to wonder if all my hopes and dreams would come true. As scary as all this was, I soon realized that life is about more than the steps you take. All of my hopes and dreams were still going to come true, as long as I was willing to adapt. Two of my current dreams are to be a role model to those with disabilities and to promote the accomplishments of others in wheelchairs.

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Junior Miss Wheelchair Tennessee 2013, Hannah McElroy

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Little Miss Wheelchair Tennessee 2013, Hanna Faith Latimer

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Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2013, Bliss Welch

Bliss has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2B and describes herself as Determined, Independent, Loyal, Resilient, and Resourceful. Her goal as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee will be to shift the focus from what people with disabilities cannot do to what we CAN do and to raise awareness of the Abilities of those with disabilities.

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More About Bliss

Bliss is currently a graduate student working on her Master’s degree in Accountancy at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and holds an undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College. She is employed at Island Cove Marina & Resort in the accounting department. Bliss is involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, assists as an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistant, and has also been a guest speaker at the International Dysferlin Conferences held throughout the country. Bliss enjoys hunting deer and new outfits for her 17-month old, Annabelle.

Bliss’ Platform Speech!

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Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2013 Crowned

March 16, 2013, Chattanooga, Tennessee Bliss Welch of Harrison was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2013 on March 16th, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga. Bliss is a graduate student working on her Master’s degree in Accounting at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She is involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, assists as an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistant, and has also been a guest speaker at the International Dysferlin Conferences. Bliss enjoys spending time with her family and deer hunting. Bliss has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2B and her goal as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is to shift the focus from what people with disabilities cannot do to what we CAN do and to raise awareness of the Abilities of those with disabilities. Bliss will go on to compete in the national competition in Houston, TX July 15th – 21st, 2013.

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