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My Disability Is Only Part Of Who I Am

on June 17, 2020

My Disability is Only Part of Who I Am.

Dear Mom and Dad,

My disability is only part of who I am.

Yes, I have a disability. However, it is only one part of my life.

I firmly believe that only the strongest of the strong are given challenges such as the ones we face. My life would certainly be easier without such a demanding health matter. However, you manage to nurture my health every day and still maintain a normal life.

We experience days that my health gets the best of us. On those days, I hope, Mom and Dad, that you choose to take it easy and give your bodies the rest that it needs.

Nevertheless, there are seven days in a week and 24 hours in a day. I can honestly
say that much of that time is spent taking care of and tending to my needs, sacrificing  your lives working long hours, at times, on very little sleep.

I watch you keeping a positive mindset, while choking back tears filled with sadness and frustration. Seeing this fuels me to remain strong and feeds  my passion for life.

Unlike many others with similar conditions, I understand my health challenge
to be your prority of life rather than a constriction. You work with me and assist me to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow a regimen that my doctor has prescribed. I feel sad that once my bedtime has come, that the rest of your day is yours to do as you choose, but you’re too tired to enjoy it.

I know you refuse to give up simply because I have been diagnosed with a disability. You have instilled in me to live my life to the fullest and that I deserve success, whether large or small.

Today, I am grateful for all of the wonderful aspects of my life.  I have a
loving family, a cozy home, and a fun lifestyle. I truly live a fortunate life.

Mom and Dad, I love you and I thank you for all that you’ve done for me.

Now, parents, take some time to answer these questions for self-reflection:

1. Do I surround myself with supportive and positive people?

2. What can I do to boost my confidence?

3. Do I often dampen my mood by asking “why me?”

NOTE: In future posts I will address the issues of support, self-confidence builders, and thoughts on the ever present question, “why me?”

Until next time, I wish you peace, patience, confidence, and much love.







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