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Overcoming Challenges

Challenges are a part of life when you live with a chronic illness or disability. Like obstacles in a race, you need to find a way to go over, under, or around them to live your best life. We hope you find inspiration to do just that in the tips and strategies we share here.

"Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a different way to stand."  ~  Oprah Winfrey

Overcoming Challenges
Losing My Right Hand - Newsletter
  I lost my right hand! No, not literally my "hand-hand," but figuratively my "right hand," colleague and assistant, Deborah. Read about my strategies for living and working while she is away.

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

Judy's Birthday
  I'm not sure exactly how or when I met Judy. All I know is that when she entered my life, a ray of sunshine broke through the clouds. Read how this wonderful friend helped me to embrace life again.

10 Strategies for Easier Remembering
  When life is busy, things to slip our minds. Here are ten strategies from Shelley Peterman Schwarz for using lists, associations, rhymes, tunes, and stories to help make remembering easier.

Someday We'll Laugh About This!
  "Someday We'll Laugh About This" week - Shelley recalls her experience of overcoming the challenges of disability and learning to laugh about it.

Use gestures to help you communicate
  If you have trouble making yourself understood, because of a weak voice, a speech or...

QuickLink Pen makes notetaking as simple as a stroke of your hand
  If you have limited use of your hands or difficulty writing and need to take notes from reading material...

Ask for Reasonable Accommodation at your Work Place
  Reasonable accommodation is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as any "reasonable...

Take note of what traveling companion is wearing.
  Airports, train and bus stations, ships, trains and large aircraft can be confusing places...

Use an e-ticket for flying if you are a disabled traveler
  E-tickets offer many advantages to the traveler with a disability.

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