Overcoming a Physical Disability
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Overcoming a Physical Disability

Nonfiction piece about how to beat a physical disability.

He struggled. He fought. He never gave up. Those are three phrases describing what one guy with a physical-disability did to overcome the problem. Oh, he’s still disabled, but he has found alternative and creative ways to even the odds of success.

The situation of being affected with a disability basically involves a triad of action; first a disabled person struggles with once simple tasks, such as dressing; next he fights it, and hopefully chooses to give it everything he’s got; and finally he or she ideally chooses to never give up.

I will describe steps that can be taken to overcome and beat a physical disability, any physical disability. Yes, you can win and be victorious if you stay focused.

I am not saying this because I think fighting a

disability is what anyone ought to do. I’m also not saying

to fight it because someone told me to. Nobody knows what it’s like having a physical disability better than I do.

I can say that because I was in a bad car accident twenty-plus years ago and am lucky to be alive. I had a traumatic brain injury and was comatose for almost five months. The doctors said if I came out of the coma, I would probably be a total vegetable. While my parents were devastated, what actually happened was something altogether different.

Started from Nothing

It was and is the biggest learning experience of my life. Since 1991 I have lived life from a wheelchair. You probably think that is really bad, but there are worse things. Think about it: I still have food, clothing, and shelter. Those things may be no-brainers but everyone doesn’t have one or all of those. Best of all, I have love. As the Beatles once sang, “All you need is love;” all the rest is fluff, details. And you should never sweat the details.

But to beat a physical disability, think positively! This goes for anything that is difficult to do: For example, attempting something like putting on your socks, don’t think you will probably mess up. That is negative and all but guarantees that you will fail. It is self defeating and not helpful to what you want to accomplish.

That also goes for saying, “I can’t.” Don’t say you can’t because then you probably won’t. Can’t is negative but can is positive. If you think you can, then you have a much better chance at success than if you think you can’t. Also if you say it, you are thinking it. (By that, I mean telling somebody, “I can’t!” is the same as thinking it; it saps any chance you have. So think you can do whatever it is you want done and you have a good chance of doing it!

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