S15/10 “Uniquely Able” Living with Spina Bifida

Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Sarah Wilson originally aired in March

download (1)Spina bifida is part of a group of birth defects called neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them.

Normally, the neural tube forms early in the pregnancy and closes by the 28th day after conception. In babies with spina bifida, a portion of the neural tube fails to develop or close properly, causing defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the spine.

Spina bifida occurs in various forms of severity. When treatment for spina bifida is necessary, it’s done surgically, although such treatment doesn’t always completely resolve the problem.

11016305_10153156507243746_1864992490_nSarah Wilson is the creator and visionary behind the ( Reinvent and Revive) R & R Style Academy. She is a graduate of the Social Service Worker Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada and is dedicated to helping women wake up in their own inner authority and show up expressing their individual story through their individual style.

Starting as an entrepreneur in June 2011 Sarah has worked hard to mould and craft herself and her brand as the authority of what she calls “storytelling through style”. She says, “I have to admit the first two years or so was about building me as much as I was working on the business, but now it’s time for R & R Style Academy to shine! Sarah strives to bring to life her end game vision of a one of a kind Lifestyle and Personal Growth Concierge Service and having many accolades Sarah says, “I am my client”. She’s the go-to woman when you want to connect to and power up your true authentic self and make the transition from feeling unknown to unstoppable in your life!

Sarah knows what it’s like to live a life of adversity being born with Spina Bifida and is here to spread her message that no matter what you have been through in your life you are here for a reason and you can shine through it!! Sarah has beat the odds since birth and has a unique perspective being born with a disability; she knows what it’s like to live cheque to cheque month to month living on Government assistance but even so she knew there was something bigger and better out there, this is something she says, “On some level I’ve always known and I’ve always wanted”. And even being a first-time business owner with no business background she says, I’ve always been stubborn and been able to make it through, and I’m determined to make this happen”.


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Sarah relates to women who want to become their authentic self after feeling devalued or like you have to be someone you aren’t to please others and she is committed to being a change agent for women start up entrepreneurs who are wanting to make the move from Unknown to Unstoppable; find the connection between their inner self, their message & their unique style. Sarah has struggled to find her voice and knows what it’s like to not see your own potential because you feel others in your life don’t either, or to sell yourself short and settle because you feel this is all you deserve or this is as good as it gets. She understands that no one is perfect but at the end of the day just being you in an authentic way is good enough. You don’t have to live up to other people’s standards; instead, start to set a personal standard for yourself.

Sarah developed her own terminology which is something she has taken with her on her journey. She developed the term, “Uniquely Able” as opposed to disabled because she has never considered herself as having a disability she says, “I just do some things differently.” She developed this term because it’s her view that there are things that we all can’t do or don’t do well but it doesn’t mean we are different, it doesn’t mean we are “disabled” and it certainly doesn’t mean we are inadequate in any way, she says, “ it’s what makes us unique and individual.” She knows what it’s like to be looked at as “different” and she knows what it’s like to struggle with self-image issues and think you’re not good enough which leaves you wondering if you ever will be and she knows what it’s like to have others not accept you for who you are and give you a chance because they feel there is something wrong with you. She knows the feeling when others look at you and can’t see past the things you can’t change. She knows what it’s like when you feel you can’t get through the day because you think you’re not worth it and you feel others think the same. Sarah has been there, is able to relate and is committed to helping you live the life you want by becoming the women you are and deserve to be, because you can!

She has made it her bigger mission to create a society that looks past what each other can’t do to see that we are all unique and have “unique abilities”. And to break it down a bit Sarah wants to help women rise through their struggles and see their potential to create their path authentically or on their own terms. “I help women find the tools to feel empowered to be who they were truly meant to be authentically and make no excuses for it, and I teach women that their struggles are opportunities.” She says.

I am uniquely qualified to understand what it takes to create the movement that is deep within no matter what the odds seem to like to step by step achieve your goals in life and go through the personal growth necessary to reach your best self because I have struggled my whole life to find people that I TRULY connected with and that really saw and appreciated me for who I am. It wasn’t until I started not to be so wrapped up in what others thought of me and started to focus on what I thought of myself that things really started to change.

Our setbacks, struggles and heartbreaks are a part of us, they don’t make us who we are and so we help women rise through their struggles to stand in their own power as they woman they were meant to be.”Instead of judgement why not be curios.” Anonymous

“There are two types of people in the world; those who know they can and those who think they can’t, which side of the fence are you on” – Sarah Wilson

And my new favourite quote from T.D. Jakes “What do people get when they get you”? This to me relates so well to conveying our story and how people perceive us both inside and out.

Sarah’s accolades include becoming a:

  • Becoming an ambassador for Runway of Dreams
  • Co author in Holistic Fashionista Memoirs: Tales of Adversity, Perseverance, and Success and What’s Your Vision? A Guide For Designing The Life Of Your Dreams With Vision Boards
  • She founded and developed her first telesummit in November 2012; the Authentically You Telesummit
  • She has spoken at numerous events and run her very own workshop as well, “Labels are for Products Not People” for the Earn Conference with United Way Ottawa
  • She has been published in Holistic Fashionista Magazine as well at the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper
  • She was interviewed for the Fall edition of Physio Therapy Magazine
  • She had a televised interview with AMI (Accessible Media Inc.)
  • She has had the pleasure of being invited to be a guest on Dawn Bournand’s radio show Fabulously Successful Radio
  • Created and founded her very first radio show Life Without Limits in May of 2014 and;
  • She has been a guest blogger for many different types or lifestyle blog

Let’s face it, we all have things we feel we can’t do or we don’t do well but its Sarah’s thought that to discover who you truly are and what you’re really made of you need to use your struggles and things you’ve overcome in your life to your advantage and not try to work against them. “I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s very true what they say; God doesn’t give us more than he thinks we can handle.” And in using the term uniquely able, it sets the tone that everyone has things they can’t do so instead let’s focus on what we can. R & R Style Academy is here to help you see what you have to offer and that you are truly unique and have so much to share in your own way.




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