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On Growing Up

On Growing Up

Ten years ago I moved. From one small town to another. From a place I called home for 4 years to the place that is my home once again. Ten years ago I woke up in a dorm. It was my favorite one on campus and the building is no more. They knocked it down a year or so...

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Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part one

Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part one

Facing my limits isn't something new for me. However, life with a physical disability looks and feels different as an adult in a way. I'm not hopping on a school bus every day. I'm not interacting with many of the same people I knew in childhood. I'm no longer living...

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A Lesson I Would Miss

A Lesson I Would Miss

I have to be honest. I almost missed writing this post today. I'm tired. I'm low on energy. I'm wishing for the sunshine to come back and stay for days. I don't do well with endless clouds and rain. But I saw a glimpse of the sun this afternoon. I didn't miss it. A...

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Breaking Through Barriers: Facing My Limits

Breaking Through Barriers: Facing My Limits

It's not always easy to face our limits. To know how weak we are or how much we need others. Whatever the reason, limits exist. Eventually we have to face the limits in our lives in order to understand them. Hopefully we can find a way around our limits. This isn't...

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Before the Moment Passes By

Before the Moment Passes By

I watched our kids playing duck duck goose outside and running around. I couldn't fully participate, but I held things for people. One boy gave me his toy to keep safe. But part of me wanted to do more than smile, laugh, and cheer on everyone else. I wanted to jump in...

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Breaking Through Barriers: How I Feel Limited

Breaking Through Barriers: How I Feel Limited

Last week we started this series by asking and answering the question: "What is normal?" My normal is this -- I am limited. And I need help. All the time. The list is rather long if I were to name everything, but here is a sampling of tasks I can't do on my own: get...

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When We Can Unite

When We Can Unite

I started to define normal for you the other day. But I didn't mention that our normals can change. A lot. Just think about life. Normal changes with every single life stage...from childhood to adulthood. And how we define normal can continue to evolve. Wherever we...

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Breaking Through Barriers: Redefining Normal

Breaking Through Barriers: Redefining Normal

Normal. How do you even begin to define "normal"? Culture teaches us what normal can mean, what normal should look like, and how to respond to what isn't considered normal. What is normal, really? This is a question I wrestle with, something I ask myself again and...

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The Easy Side of Limitations

The Easy Side of Limitations

Easy isn't really a part of the definition when you're thinking about limits. Or looking at limitations that might affect the way you live. But I've come to see there is an easier side to limitations. I've at least grown used to my own limits over the years. Maybe...

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Living Beyond Your Limits

Living Beyond Your Limits

Two years ago I chose my first word for the year — focus. That was the year I struggled. A lot. I faced health question after health question with no signs of the answers I longed for. I barely blogged, but I learned to write in the quiet space of my journal. I had...

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