The Bravery of Disability

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

When practiced diligently, bravery becomes a habit that you scarcely notice.  And it indelibly changes something in your DNA.  For the last 4 years, while striving to work and parent and achieve self sufficiency and independence, I have faced the prospect of torment every day that I have decided to get out of bed and face the day anyway.

Today, I took my youngest daughter to her winter league basketball game and found torment.  To say the least the day was difficult, but as usual God found a way.  As the day wound down, I heard a voice say, “Great is your courage!” And I thought to myself “Really?!  I thought that I was just being a good parent?”

My story is not unique at all.  Most people with disability wage a silent war against fear.  They face calamity and the reality of their symptoms every day, and they suffer for the sake of their recovery and functionality constantly.  Sometimes living like criminals as they juggle reality and perception, and their aspirations of functionality with the reality of their current capacity.

As Trump endeavors to cut funding for those with mental disabilities or “disabilities of the brain” please do not see these people as deranged, or dangerous, or blights on society.  Rather see them as what they are, among the most courageous people that the world has ever seen.

Namaste and God Bless!! Woody Lucas

 

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