The Power of Play

I lost both hands in an accident when I was 11 years old. I was a pretty good baseball and hockey player at the time, and thought I’d never play those sports again. But my dad thought differently. Inventively, he fabricated a really handy – but strange-looking – adapted hockey stick for me to use with my prosthetic hands.

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New Game Plan

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” - Gilda Radner

“The more things change, the more they are the same,” a well-worn axiom, which depending on your attitude, speaks the truth or not.

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Everyday Heroes

There are heroes all around us. Specifically, heroes with disabilities. Too bad we can’t always tell them so.

Long has it been somewhat of a faux pas to admire someone with a disability just because… well, just because they are living with a disability. And to tag them with a gratuitous character statement of “courageous” along with the hero status is no good either in the spheres of political correctness. Too bad about that too.

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Say What?

It happened more than 20 years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember how nauseating it felt maybe more than anything. I was completely mortified. I’m talking about way beyond embarrassed. I’m talking about a hey-genie-grant-me-my-last-wish-and get-me-outta-here humiliation.

Funny thing is, if it would have happened to me today, at this stage of life as an amputee, I would’ve laughed so hard that that tactless, brash-mouthed, gravel-voiced tourist lady would’ve thought my problems were even more serious than imagined. In life, timing is everything I guess.

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