So is having the Sundance Channel and "Push Girls" to share her reality with others.
"When I was first paralyzed, I always had this mission to open people's minds and get us a little more accessible to people who don't know our world because it would erase some fears, and I always thought the best way to do that would be through mass media," she said. "This is totally not exploitative. It's educational, but in a fun way; not like a public service announcement and not like preaching."
The 14-episode series will follow the women as they work, swim, ski, date and relate with their families.
Sundance Channel jumped on the chance to work with "Push Girls," said general manager Sarah Barnett.
"This was a story that hadn't been told about four women in wheelchairs, and it really lifted the lid on a population that hasn't really been looked at on television," she said. "The show really does challenge some stereotypes (for those who) are really hungry and open to an authentic, honest discovery about something we haven't thought about before."
For Tiphany Adams, the woman at the gas station, the series tells the world she still has what it takes.
"It's about awareness. It's about showing you that we are courageous and we still have power and that enthusiasm for life," she said. "We still love shopping. We still love flirting our wheels off."
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