“I am the one in the wheelchair, but I am not the only one who knows what it feels like when this life gets too hard to stand and we all need a little help to keep on rollin.’

~Meg Johnson


Before being paralyzed, Meg was a ballroom dancer and professional party planner. Then a weekend trip changed it all and Meg was paralyzed on March 6, 2004 when she was hiking in Southern Utah. She accidentally jumped off a 40-foot cliff, breaking both of her femurs, wrists, collar bone, and four bones in her neck. She was flown across the state to the hospital where she spent the next four months on a ventilator. She returned home without the use of her legs, back, stomach, or hands and is a C-7 quadriplegic.


Though confined to a wheelchair, Meg refuses to sit still. She started out her time in a wheelchair playing wheelchair rugby, also known as Murderball, with the Utah Scorpions. Less than a year and a half after her injury, Meg represented Utah at the national Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant in New York, winning the Spirit Award. That same year, Meg founded Utah’s chapter of the Ms. Wheelchair pageant, which boasted record-breaking audience attendance and contestant participation. Her reach has included teens and little girls in wheelchairs through the Teen Spokes and Princess Pageant programs, which continue to today.


Meg inspires audiences all over the world with her message of hope, happiness, determination, and triumph. She is a founding partner of Jumping Turtle LLC and Our Turtle House. Her messages are recorded and shared in several CDs and online audio. She is the author of five books including, When Life Gets Hard, and Always a Princess. Her YouTube channel showcases her abilities and motivates others to appreciate theirs. Meg’s newsletter, Meg’s Monthly Message, is read in over 20 countries across the globe. Her work as a speaker and an influencer has touched many around the world and she received the Athena Leadership Award in 2012, which recognizes professional excellence in community leaders who assist others to realize their full leadership potential.

In addition to numerous television and print stories, Meg was the cover story for Wasatch Women Magazine in 2008. She has been the inspiration for several documentaries and movies including Falling Up.below!


Meg married Whit Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple in 2008, four years after she was paralyzed. They live in Utah and have two daughters and many tea parties.