Impossible. When youíre a person with a physical disability like myself, that word becomes a major part of your vocabulary. Because many people with physical
disabilities need to use walkers, crutches, or wheelchairs to get around, many things do, indeed, seem impossible. For instance, when I used crutches, it made carrying things
difficult at best. But I learned that by putting things in a plastic shopping bag and attaching the handles to the handles on my crutches, I was able to walk and carry things at the same time without help. Now that I use a manual wheelchair, I use a similar strategy. I put the handles of the bags on the handles on the back of my wheelchair.
However, when someone is born with a physical disability as I was, there are even bigger things that seem impossible. Families worry that loved ones with lifelong physical disabilities will not be able to survive on their own. The family members (especially parents) become very overprotective. They worry that their loved one will hurt themselves every time they move. They worry that their loved one will not be able to cope with the everyday stresses of life. They donít consider that they are doing their loved one a disservice by acting this way. For years I struggled to convince my parents that I could survive on my own. I now have been living in my own apartment for just about 15 years, with the help of a home health aide who comes 3 days a week.
Also, people with lifelong physical disabilities tend to look like children, because they do not grow normally. This can pose problems when dealing with strangers, because they talk to the person like a child. Another problem is that people with lifelong disabilities often do not do the same things as other adults, such as driving a car, going to college, or getting married and having families. In addition, adults with physical disabilities need help with things such as bathing/showering and getting dressed, which adults without disabilities can do on their own. Just the same, I am able to live a full life.