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The Aftermath: Epilogue

The Aftermath:


No matter what happens to us, life continues on. Whether staying stuck in the darkness, or striving to live a good life is a choice. Some pain and grief always will be there. How we choose to deal with it is what is important.

We all have our ups and downs, some worse than others. I have learned much about life since becoming disabled:

There are many wonderful and caring people in the world.
There are some who think those of us with disabilities aren’t equals.

The small joys in life are important. We spend too much time obsessing over our difficulties, and too little enjoying what we have.

Being disabled does not make you immune to other health problems. It means recovery from illness may take longer and require more work and energy than it would someone who isn’t disabled.

There will be difficulties, but there are also some positives in living with a disability in a primarily non-disabled world.

Spirituality does enhance one’s ability to adapt to a new lifestyle as do supportive family and friends.

Resources for the disabled are seriously underfunded and plagued by shortages and lengthy waiting lists. We, as a society, do not put enough effort into programs that could improve our lives. There needs to be one place to call that can help arrange what is needed to live life as a disabled person. Our services are provided by too many programs, each with different forms, eligibility requirements and regulations. Working your way through the maze is overwhelming, especially when trying to adjust to all the changes required with a new disability

The disabled need to make their needs known and their voices heard. Problems won’t be solved if we don’t stand up for our rights.
Twenty-five years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we continue to have a long way to go to achieve equality.
It is possible to find a fulfilling life with a disability.

The greatest gifts that my disability has offered are appreciation, gratitude and the discovery of  writing, which has been so therapeutic in my recovery.

Never Give up Hope.


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