Category Archives: compassion

Either Way, I’m Okay…

A caregiver and I were out and about running errands one afternoon a few years ago and decided to stop in a restaurant for lunch before heading home.  Looking the hostess in the eye, I said that we needed a … Continue reading

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Then, I Can Hope…

When I answered the phone on that Sunday evening, the person on the other end was one of the last I expected. “Lorraine, this is Charlie Y.” My intrigue grew. This man is one of the nicest people on the … Continue reading

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Never Judge A Book…

Never judge a book by its cover. I have always liked that phrase. It reminds me that things aren’t always what they seem, and it’s a good response when people are making incorrect assumptions about me. I also appreciate the … Continue reading

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Look Beyond!

A few decades ago, when I had fewer miles on my wheelchair and significantly less self-esteem, I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out my place in the world.  As I started college, I was hundreds of … Continue reading

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Check Your Ableism…

It’s one of my guilty pleasures.  Along with quality chocolate and a glass of Mascato most evenings, I love watching Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday nights.  I don’t know if I can explain the appeal for me exactly, but there was … Continue reading

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It’s About Much More Than Picking Up Pencils…

Joshua Gorenflo is one of my current caregivers. He doesn’t fit the mold of who I usually hire.  He is 29 years old and married to a wonderful woman named Jenny.  He has a degree in Christian ministry.  He is … Continue reading

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What Was His Name?

This is an interesting post on Facebook by a friend of a friend of mine.  The author’s name is Dany Holmes.  I apologize if any of you are offended by her use of language, but I can’t say I disagree … Continue reading

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