Category Archives: Physical therapy

You Need to Let Go…

It’s not my line, although I wish I could take the credit. This morning I spent a few minutes watching a Ted Talk about letting go. Jill Sherer Murray talked about a relationship in her past. She had dated this … Continue reading

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This is the Life that I Fought For

In the late night hours of October 3rd, 1968, my mom went into labor. With me. It caught everyone off guard because I wasn’t due for another ten weeks or so. But, I guess even then, my stubborn streak showed … Continue reading

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Look At Me…

This story was originally posted on United Cerebral Palsy’s national website a few months back.  They asked me to describe what it was like being poster child when I was young.  They encouraged me, to be honest.  I appreciate them … Continue reading

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Whatever It Takes

  How long does it take to fulfill a lifelong dream?  For me, it was eleven hours fifty-seven minutes and twenty-nine seconds. It started when I was a little kid, back when I was a fan of “Charlie’s Angels” and … Continue reading

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Maybe It’s a Sign

According to a story on Yahoo news, about a month ago New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will update the logo on signs designating spaces for people with disabilities and remove the word “handicapped” from them as … Continue reading

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They Should Have Let Her Swim

It wasn’t just a day to celebrate, but also to remember; a day to look back and reflect on how far our nation had come.  Several days ago marked the fiftieth anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.  On … Continue reading

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Baby Steps

Her brown eyes clouded in confusion, and when she spoke, it was a bit too brightly. “REALLY???  Good for you!  Bless your heart!” During her second shift on the job, a new caregiver asked me if I had gone to … Continue reading

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