Perfectlee!

The day started out as devastating. Mid-morning or so, my manual wheelchair broke. Completely. The screws that hold the back upright were stripped or missing, and that meant the back would not or could not stay in place. Almost at will, the back of the chair would...

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Some Days It Drives Me Crazy!

I know that I've lived with my disability for more than fifty years now, so one would think I would be used to my circumstances. For the most part, that is true. I would be the first to tell you that it takes two transfers to get me in and out of bed. One to go from...

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Part of the Introduction

The following is from my book "More the Same than Different: What I Wish People Knew About Respecting and Including People with Disabilities." The book is available on Amazon. The shrill of the phone ringing in my dorm room during the predawn hours of that morning in...

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Looking to the Future

There has been a lot going on in my life recently, and consequently, I am a few days behind. On July 26th, I “celebrated” an anniversary of sorts. The 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law....

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Two Dates to Prom! Gabby, you GO girl!

It's something I am not ashamed of. Well, not much anyway. I have about a billion pet peeves. I don't like overhead light. I drink Coke, not Pepsi. (They are NOT the same thing.) And I keep lettuce off burgers because the thought of warm lettuce seems pretty gross to...

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The Angel in Our Life

It was a typical weekday evening, after dinner, and I was in my office doing some writing when the phone rang. “Lorraine, this is Tom Leibl.” I could hear the smile in his voice, which was matched by my own. My vet is one of my favorite people. “Hey Dr. Tom, what’s...

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Dr. Phil continued…

Do you know how sometimes there is an issue that is in your head and you just can't let it go? That can be nerve-wracking at times, but to me, it also means that the issue is important. The following issue is one of those for me. In the middle of March, Dr. Phil had...

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Not Always…

In the summer of 1990, I did something that forced me out of my comfort zone. I had just graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English from Emporia State University and I was planning on pursuing a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling at the same school, but that...

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…How Things Should Be

It’s one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to swallow. That there is a difference between reality and how things should be. It makes sense in my head that if I treat my caregivers well and accommodate them to the best of my ability, then nobody will quit without notice,...

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Dr. Phil, I disagree…

I know a whole lot of people in my hometown that say that Jayhawk basketball gets them through the winter. And for those folks, I can see it. But I haven’t ever had a fabulous time watching other people play sports. Instead, I have something else that gets me through...

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