OGDEN -- A popular local speaker in area churches will turn 30 this week and will celebrate the eight-year anniversary of becoming paralyzed.
Known for her favorite saying, "When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin,'" motivational speaker and author Meg Johnson has a new self-published book, which she both wrote and illustrated, available on her website, MegJohnsonSpeaks.com.
Titled "The Coolest of Days," the book is a colorful story of a girl following God through the creation of the Earth and then through the creation of her own life and challenges.
Johnson may be viewed for free on her website, reading the hard-bound book, which sells for $19.97.
"In the book, I talk about how dancing was a huge part of my life before I was paralyzed," she said in an interview. "I realized that not being able to dance made me appreciate it more. ... We learn to love even more those things that we don't have."
Johnson also has a relatively new audio CD available through her website, as well as at Deseret Book and Seagull Book.
The CD, titled "When Life Gets Hard" (Deseret Book, $11.99), is a recording of one of many firesides she has given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on her challenges and discoveries since she became paralyzed.
Johnson has spoken at some other denominations in the area also.
Johnson soon will have a book published by the same name as her CD, also chronicling her road to appreciation for her challenges.
Another service she offers her followers is a free monthly message that she writes. Visitors to her website may sign up for this email service.
She said she believes she was "born again" spiritually when she was injured.
"I have a scar that looks like a bellybutton on my neck, so I say that I was born again on that day ... March 6."
The inspirational speaker said she has been excited to be able to touch people's lives with her messages.
She told of a time last summer when she was speaking and a man, who had been crying deeply, came up to her.
"He said thank you, thank you, thank you like eight times," she said, noting that people frequently thank her, but this was unusual because of how hard the man was crying.
She said while she has something obviously wrong with her, she knows that others have their own problems.
"They have their own challenges and disabilities," she said. "Everybody has a little wheelchair girl inside them. Everybody knows what it is to be slow and disabled inside them. You don't have to be in a wheelchair to know what it's like for life to be too hard to stand."