Living, surviving and thriving with a disability

Living (the early years)

 

Part two of a series

 

 Many of you may be wondering what my disability is. The medical term for my disability is “left side hemiplegic.”

Simplified, I am partially paralyzed on my entire left side. My left leg is two inches shorter than my right leg. The shorter leg causes a noticeable limp. Until my thirties, my left arm was bent at the elbow and wrist. My fingers were in a partial fist and could not be moved to straight without assistance.

At the age of 2½ I fell out of a second-story window 24 feet headfirst to a concrete walkway. I have a large scar on my scalp from the traumatic brain injury suffered in my accident.

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