Disability and Elderly Issues

On the edge of despair Part I

Webster’s defines the verb DESPAIR as “to no longer have any hope or belief that a situation will improve or change.” This definition accurately states my fears.

I am afraid I will be unable to:

  • continue living an independent life
  • report and advocate for the disabled and elderly to live productive lives
  • avoid living in a nursing home or an assistive living facility isolating me from society, creativity, music, and art

I am a 68 year old-paraplegic who has survived cancer three times. If I live well, receive the medical attention I require, exercise daily, sleep regularly, I could live another 30 years, I could use my talents, develop new ones, and contribute cheerfully rather than feel myself to be dependent.

There are so many reasons for me to enjoy my life. I am a grandfather, a father, a human being. Sadly, I am overwhelmed with difficulties I do not know how to solve.




2 replies on “On the edge of despair Part I”

Paralysis is understandable, but embarrassment is an unnecessary burden. You have plenty to worry about, but nothing to be ashamed of. Toss that over the side — it will make things easier.

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