Ally, honestly, just because I was around to witness the extinction of the dinosaurs, there's no need to call me one! It took me ages to clear up the mess, and do I get any thanks?
You will never live that down - it doesn't matter that many of us are actually close to your age (or even older in Bob's case!) - it has stuck now, and living in Africa has given me the long term memory of an elephant ('course, I often forget what I had for breakfast...), so you have fair warning....ou were the one who wanted to know where to buy some support - I am actually quite cheap
and was prepared to offer my services in exchange for some cool fossils for my six year old....
Or is it just that we're so tired of explaining everything all the time and struggling to appear to be coping, that there are times when it just doesn't seem worth bothering?
Soooo true! We all struggle to "appear" to be coping, but how deep is that? Is it just a facade? On some days, that mask is all we have to give the world.
but struggling to accept yourself as a disabled person is an enormous personal battle, and one which often is not acknowledged,
This is another major issue - I do not think that I have accepted myself as a disabled person, in spite of my obvious limitations...Some very profound questions raised by you and Shell - there is an element of shame - I get embarrassed when strangers stare at me 'cause I walk very strangely - we are suddenly and very obviously not "normal" and our bodies have really betrayed us, and medicine can't really offer much right now....
L4C - sorry, this is probably more than you needed right now, but at least you can see that we are not afraid to discuss any topic under the sun
and I am really interested in how you experience UCLA and what they have to offer you.
All the best