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Coping with the Challenges of Severe Disability

If you cannot walk, talk, see, hear, or function without the aid of others, you face challenges that no one else can possibly understand. There are support groups, and community, regional, and national resources that can make your life easier™and then there is the tried and true advice from people who have traveled a similar path before you. We hope you will find the lessons we have learned along our journey with chronic illness and disability to be helpful as you face your own unique challenges.

"It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."  ~   Stephen Hawking

Severely Disabled
Footprints on My Heart - Newsletter
  February is “heart month” and Shelley writes about those people who “leave footprints on our heart.

Someday We'll Laugh About This - Newsletter
  We all have them - those frustrating, embarrassing, and downright sad moments - when it's NO LAUGHING MATTER! However, time and perspective have a way of helping us...

I Contemplated Suicide
  Living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares her deep despair at losing physical/mental abilities. Is suicide an option?

Special glasses allow you to read while lying flat
  When you have to lie flat in bed, reading for any length of time...

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity - Video
  To hear Aimee articulate her points about how we view disability is an inspiration in itself. One reviewer stated that "Her name should be committed to a dictionary to mean "a state of positive attitu..

Adaptive clothing resources for people with disabilities
  When you cannot button buttons, reach behind you to close a zipper, or...

Bladder and Bowel Problems
  Read how Shelley overcame bowel problems and "survived" her colonoscopy despite severe mobility issues.

From Diagnosis to Acceptance: My Journey
  Learning to live with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis has been the hardest challenge of my life. I didn't have any role models. And, because I had the chronic progressive form of MS...

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