Just like the women off Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County or VH1′s Single Girls, they’re dating, they’re juggling careers, men and sex. These women know that when life is almost taken away from you, you learn to “push” through and embrace it in a whole new light. This is just what Tiphany, Mia, Auti and Angela do every day. Push Girls follows these four women through their daily lives, from filling their cars up with gas to grocery shopping with their husbands, to cuddling in bed.
Mia was paralyzed at the age of 15 when a small blood clot ruptured in her spinal chord, slowly paralyzing her from the waist down. Tiphany was pronounced dead at the scene of a 130mph collision with a drunk driver, but managed to escape with her life and an injured spinal chord. Auti was touring as a back-up break dancer for LL Cool J when she collided with a cement barrier in NYC, snapping her back in half. Angela was engaged and working as a model in Los Angeles when she and two friends lost control of the car, throwing her from the vehicle and snapping her neck.
The show started discussions everywhere from Facebook to the morning news. When asked by a CBS news correspondent if it was hard to say goodbye to the way her body was, Mia explains: “What was so hard was feeling a sense of loss. But once you realize you haven’t lost anything, that you can do anything you did before, just differently, your world gets a lot bigger.” The rest of the girls seem to take on the same attitude.
The response from the viewers has been powerful. As soon as the show was announced, people from around the country began sharing their stories. From girls who had been shot and paralyzed like Auti, to women with Spina Bifida and Muscular Dystrophy, to fathers supporting their daughters’ struggles. It seems like everyone wants to be a part of the show…many women argue that they would be a good addition to the cast.
As viewers, we follow Angela as she works to get back into the modeling world, after 10 years, now bringing along a little more than just a portfolio. We feel her hurt as she calls agency after agency only to be told they have never had a model in a wheelchair or that the building is not even wheelchair accessible. Unable to live without a caregiver, and unable to work the vast majority of jobs, we see Angela go back in front of the camera at the age of 38 with only limited movement in her arms.
The show airs Mondays at 10pm on the Sundance Channel. Miss the first episode? Check it out here, and tune in tonight to watch Episode 2: Get Over It. In the episode, we follow Mia as she struggles with her mother’s denial of her paralysis and party with Angela as she celebrates her 10th Anniversary of Life.