When it comes to her independence, Ovi James shoots for the moon. Ovi was born in Nigeria and currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her son.
Every story of triumph begins with a trial. Ovi’s journey back to mobility began with a fibromyalgia diagnosis, progressive weakness in her legs and extreme pain all over her body.
When she lost her ability to walk, she was working as an anti-money laundering investigator. Losing her ability to walk and a lack of support resulted in homelessness. That wasn’t the end for Ovi, however, who wanted to give her son a good life. It was just the beginning.
After trying to walk with a cane and realizing she needed more support, she rented a Jazzy® power wheelchair and saw an improvement in her quality of life.
“I was able to get things done,” Ovi explained.
Ovi then obtained a Jazzy® Passport to help her stay mobile. It’s perfect for when she is on the go.
“Having a Jazzy Passport has increased my level of independence. I am free to travel the world whereas prior to having this wheelchair I felt stuck, depressed, and misunderstood,” Ovi said. “With the Jazzy Passport being lightweight, I can put it in my car with the lift or my son’s assistance and, I go where I need to go.”
Ovi James is a very accomplished individual. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a graduate degree in financial fraud investigation. She also encourages multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia sufferers on social media. She educates people and raise awareness of invisible diseases, what people with them go through, and how they can be assisted.
Her inspiration for her work comes through other disabled warriors like her and her son, who she educates on disability rights and advocacy. She has also taught him how to cook, which he has put into practice when she is unable to walk. Because the effects of multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia are unpredictable, it can be a challenge to raise her son, but she’s proud of how strong and encouraging he is.
Want to learn more about Ovi and her story? She runs a YouTube channel where she shares her story and encourages others living similar lifestyles. Find her at www.youtube.com/c/ovijames!