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This really hit home. I had a partial detachment over a year ago. I had surgery to reattach and remove part of my inner eye. The second surgery was to restore better vision and instead the surgeon announced that it detached again while I was on the table. I'm waiting for my next chance and third surgery and I'm constantly worried about it. I make chainmaille and copper jewelry. It's really scary to face the possible loss of vision like that but you have to keep going and doing the things you really love.
Watching this video for me was a reminder of how far I've come from the days when disability-born fear often chased me into the pit of depression. I dwelled too much on my own issues and what I can't do because of them and how unfair it all is. Needless to say I held a lot of self-pity parties.Becoming part of the online writing community helped me move past a lot of that. In addition to giving me a positive focus it allowed me to meet a lot of writers who are dealing with their own issues. I didn't feel so alone after that. While it's still difficult for me to confide in others when I'm struggling with something -- and I attribute that to equal parts of being a very private person and coming up as a writer in complete isolation -- knowing I have friends to go to for help, or just a friendly shoulder to lean on, has made a huge difference. I guess it's mainly the knowledge that we're not alone in this; that there are people we can connect with who understand.
This is a great video; very well made. I have been fortunate that I don't have any type of disability yet. Sometimes we disable ourselves, however. We do this by thinking we can't do something or not pushing ourselves to our very limits. My disability may be rooted in my brain. I babysit two children and they are obsessed with "booboos." They ask "do you have a booboo?" I say "in my head, can you see it?" They look and look but the "booboo" is a little deeper than on the surface of the skin. We all have such great potential, hopefully we will all be able to discover how to fully use it.
Life throws challenges at everyone, Ashley -- sometimes the ones no one can see are the toughest to handle, because we usually have to do that alone.
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