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What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me

What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me

You aren't supposed to look like a pretzel when you are born. But I did... Because of my physical disability, independence is not an option. But I've accepted this fact for years. I don't let limitations stop me from chasing any dream. Several years ago, I started...

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When I Felt Different, part five

When I Felt Different, part five

I used to attend a camp for children with neuromuscular disease. I liked it some years. But I grew to not enjoy the camp sooner than most. There was no one reason I stopped going. It was a combination of the school calendar conflicting and my heart no longer...

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When I Felt Different, part four

When I Felt Different, part four

I've already mentioned that my classmates loved to help me at school. I couldn't tell you how it started or when, but I have memories of friends helping all the way back to kindergarten. Both of us saw the fun side most of the time. As friends were constantly willing...

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When I Felt Different, part three

When I Felt Different, part three

Surgery of any kind isn't fun for anyone, especially a third grader. I thought I was going to a normal check-up with my orthopedist. I was never a fan of those appointments. Then he said, "It's time for your back surgery. We can't wait any longer." (You can read more...

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When I Felt Different, part two

When I Felt Different, part two

It wasn't the first time I had fallen. I was as used to falling as I could be. We practiced falling in physical therapy with the cushiony mats and I tried to tuck in my head or my arms to minimize injury. But one never really gets better at the suddenness of a fall....

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When I Felt Different, part one

When I Felt Different, part one

If you asked me, "What's it like to be different?" or "When did you know you were different?"...I might respond in one of three ways: "I'm not different. I've never seen myself as different." (I shared more on this perspective last year.) "What do you mean? Aren't we...

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When Friends Care in Tangible Ways

When Friends Care in Tangible Ways

This isn't a story about what we did or where we went. This is a real-life story about friends -- when they cared, how they helped in tangible ways, and what that meant. I went to a baseball game earlier in the month. If you don't know me, you might assume my parents...

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3 Unspoken Goals of Caregiving

3 Unspoken Goals of Caregiving

Caregiving isn't just about me asking someone to help me with a specific task and then we do it. That is part of it and that is how caregiving begins. But caregiving done well goes further. At the end of June, I wrote about the controversial book, Me Before You. The...

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Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part two

Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part two

Today I'm thankful to have Jordan Fortenboher on the blog once again. She continues her story of entering motherhood and the limits she is learning to feel and face. (If you missed Part One, please go read it.) ******* When Laura asked me to write a part two for my...

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Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part one

Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part one

Today I am excited to share my space and introduce you to fellow blogger and writer, Jordan Fortenboher. We connected in recent years as we both were learning to chase dreams and move forward in obedience to what God had (and has) for our lives. Her words have...

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