Living Beyond Limitations

9 thoughts on “Living Beyond Limitations”

  1. So true. I even had a doctor say to me, as he was retiring, that he had always been so delighted that I had a working life. He was my doctor for 35 years. I found out a lot of people with what I have are not able to work. No one told me so I just worked. Belief in ourselves and others. Whether you are “able” to work 4 hours a day or 8. Do what is normal for you. Life is what we have. In our way. It’s a shame people look at others and put us into little niches. Sometimes you have to be there to learn, I can see you dancing and yoga, just 1 1/2 legs! 💃🏻


  2. When I was 14, my specialist, went to get disability paperwork after I had my first reconstructive surgery on my right arm. (I have brachial plexus). I immediately asked him to stop. I was going to have a full life and work. I never got any ‘breaks’ at home as the chores were doled out, I wasn’t going on a disability program meant for those who needed it and I did not need it… needless to say I started working the day my cast came off… until 28 years later when I was a passeneger in an accident that left too many injuries for me to fight… my poijt is, some people are disabled differently from other… even those suffering with the same issues. I feel bad for the autistic children that now read this, who cannot work, and feel ashamed. ‘One rose out of the ashes, so shouldn’t they all?’ I hate stories like the one you read, for many or the same reasons you said but for now raising expectations or the autistic world of children who are not able to function on the level this gal was. ~Kim

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    1. You know, I’m glad you said so because as I was finish this one I had a profound sense of sadness because I too see how those who reach far beyond what anyone expects set bars of achievement that may not be possible for the rest of us. Gaga, for instance. An able-bodied friend wanted me to watch her docutisement and saw all the beauty, where you and I have already seen something else in it. Does she have an invisible disease and a fabulous Hollywood career? Sure. She also has an army of people who are at her beck and call to make sure her cocoa is the right temp and massage her aches away. Nevertheless, she set a bar that the rest of us with invisible illnesses can’t really reach can we?

      I was going to make that a piece for the next few days: unreasonable expectations.

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  3. I think the real cause of misunderstanding is the fact that, in one way or another, everyone is uniquely disabled. Therefore, whatever our hidden (psychological, addictive, etc.) source of struggle may be, we further ignore it by focusing on those who have disabilities that are discernible by sight. Instead of showing real compassion (a word that implies a shared concern), we react with pity because that emotion automatically places its experiencer in a “superior” position. It’s b.s. and on a subconscious level, we know it is. But if we admitted that, we’d also have to face our own maladjustments to this thing called life and very few are courageous and honest enough with themselves to do that.

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