Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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I Would Proudly Live This Life Again

2016-0827 Back in Time

by Erin Hawley | Courtesy of New York Times

Social media and the internet changed things for me. I was able to connect with other disabled individuals and see how they felt about their identity. In college, I read every book I could on feminism, which led me to books and articles on the disability rights movement. I found communities online where there were heated and engaging conversations about what it means to have a disability in a world that isn’t built with us in mind. That’s when I proudly labeled myself disabled.

There are certain symptoms of my disabilities that I have difficulty navigating: the pain, the anxiety, and breathing problems. But would I change who I am — would I take away my disability? No. Being disabled is too linked to my humanity, to my empathy, and my strength. It dictates my relationships with others. What I’ve experienced in life is a story worth telling, and a road worth following, despite how society tries to tell us otherwise. I would proudly live this life again if I could.

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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.