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The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled

The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled

We're going to talk about misconceptions. Things assumed by culture as a whole. These ideas about the physically disabled are often false: A physical disability automatically means a mental disability as well. Wheelchair users are confined to their chairs. Therefore,...

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When I Felt Different, part six

When I Felt Different, part six

The past few weeks we have been examining the moments I felt different. Something happened in those stories that made me aware of my physical limitations. If you missed any of the posts: Part One We began the discussion with why I don't see disability and what I know...

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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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