Her “A” is for Adversity. Please visit her blog and read (or actually go to a video to see and listen) to an inspiring post about the positives Adversity can bring someone with a disability.
My letter “A” is for Acknowledgement.
It was very hard for me to acknowledge that I have a disability. Sometimes, it still is.
I don’t mind being different. I just don’t want to be dependent. I must acknowledge that sometimes I need to ask for help, and it’s ok.
I need to acknowledge that I can’t do everything I used to. I need to acknowledge that people will not think less of me because I can’t do things I used to do. I need to acknowledge that I can do things in different ways. I can become a stronger person in different ways. I can learn more about different things.
I need to acknowledge that yes, I have a disability, but that doesn’t take away from who I am. I am still Wendy. Even if I don’t feel like it some days. (Yes, saying this made me cry.)
The first step in being disabled for me is acknowledging that I am disabled.
I have to stop fighting it every step of the way, and finding ways to adapt my life to make it work with my disability not in spite of it.
I Acknowledge that I am Disabled, but I am still Able to be a viable, worthy, and wanted, person.