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There are a lot of people out in the world that think what I do is impossible.
I’m disabled, you see. My entire right side is partially paralyzed (the long Latin word for it is hemiparesis), so I don’t have quite the mobility most folks do. Can’t complain, though – there are others far worse off than I am who would gladly have my limitations.
Strange, I suppose, to not think of myself as disabled. Mostly the inner dialogue is that of someone coming to terms with a long recovery from an illness. The kind that you eventually stop having others care for you, and you start caring for yourself again. It’s where I’m at now.
Now, some folks would wonder at this point just what a partially paralyzed person can do.
Consider the following:
-I live alone, so all the household chores are done by me;
-Meals are not all pre-fab frozen dinners. I love making fresh biscuits and hamburgers, for example. Baking cakes, too;
-All my writing? I do it as (no jokes please) a one-handed typist and researcher – every single day;
..and the list goes on. Don’t think that I don’t ask for help now and then, as I know my limits. Don’t you do the same? You who have regular mobility?
Looks like we’re not so different after all. You ask for help sometimes, too.
The same should apply to any work I do. I’m a writer, not a runner. Sure, you might have to bend things a bit to help me out some on the job, but you’re hiring me for my brain, not to round out your marathon team. The grey matter inside the head still works fine, thank you – just ask Hawking.
So stop thinking a disabled person can’t do a job. We know our limitations, and we’ll let you know when the job’s beyond them. Sure, maybe we can’t run, or kneel, or any one of a myriad of things a fully mobile person can do.
But the work we can do? It’s not insurmountable at all.
Try me, or any of us, and see.
John Lewis is a freelance writer and editor for hire. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org . To see more of his product write-ups on LinkedIn, join the group Products In Search of A Market . On Facebook, join Products in Search of a Market (Facebook). He also writes for the site Crowdfunding Hell.