Up until a year ago, Brian Peachey, a 40 something T10 paraplegic, was living his life along with his wife and their three kids quietly in Southwestern PA. Paralyzed for a couple of decades, he and his wife met after his injury.
But last year, Peachey and his family decided to start sharing their life adventures on their new Youtube channel – Able Family Life. “Our goal is to promote positive examples on the importance of family fun and focusing on what you can do, not what you can’t,” says Peachey.
With two young teenagers and a 6-year-old daughter, Peachey also works FT as a project manager for a medical device company, he travels often in his family’s new homemade accessible RV, all the while making around one new video a week. Read on to learn more about Brian and his family below!!
Why He’s Fearless
While studying civil engineering at Penn State University, Peachey took on a construction job to make some money. A few weeks into the job, however, he slipped and fell. “I was assigned to a roofing job on a warehouse,” he recalls, “and while I was carrying a sheet of aluminum roofing, I lost my footing and fell about 25 feet and landed on the concrete floor.”
Waking up in the hospital and realizing he was paralyzed, Peachey had no idea what his life would be like. “I was pretty accepting of what happened,” he says, “but had no idea of what my life would be like. I envisioned that I would never be able to drive again, and would have to be confined to staying indoors and not be able to do much of anything on my own again.”
He could not have been further from the truth. Peachey missed just one semester of classes while he was in rehab, and he earned his degree two years later. He credits the rehab facility with stressing the importance of exercise and an active lifestyle.
“There’s a whole world of mobility aids, adaptive equipment and organizations created to help people with disabilities that you just don’t know about until you’re living in that world,” he says.“It was both a challenge, both physically and emotionally, but I had a great group of roommates that always supported me if I needed it.”
After graduating college and working at his first engineering job for the Department of Transportation, he met his future wife. “She’s never treated me any different because of my disability,” he says, “and when there are things I can’t do, we either find another way to do them, or we just do something else.”
Having children was definitely something they wanted to do as a couple. They have three kids; a pre-teen son, a teenage daughter and a younger daughter who’s six years old. Parenting from a wheelchair poses it’s certain challenges, but Peachey hasn’t been phased.
“As with everything, there are negatives that are out of your control, and there are other things you can do to make up for the negatives,” he says. “On the humorous side, there was absolutely no way around the kids running up steps to get away from me when I caught them doing something wrong.”
Their successful family life is part of the reason they decided to share their lives online. Able Family Life has more than 190 videos, highlighting all aspects of life when a family member has a disability.
The online episodes of the Peachey family include everything from family fun days with mini-golf, adventures in their RV, the kids trying out dad’s wheelchair in multiple ways ans even tips for homeschooling kids. Tune in and we think you’ll agree that Brian deserves an award for one of the best dads on wheels around.
What video from Able Family Life is your fav?
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Our Favorite Videos from Brian and his Family