Hi Dr Dan,
Thank you for the call 12/4. It brought me the gift of more acceptance and forgiveness for myself!
I was at the Mindfulness for caregivers conference 11/16 and I handed you a copy of my children's book, One More Chance.
This is my mission now, to promote disability awareness and acceptance. I work directly with elementary students locally, but need to launch a broader outreach. This is filling me with a new kind of paralysis...mental. I just seem to keep going in circles, kind's like when I've used my manual wheelchair with one arm.
Before MS I was a salesperson and actor handling many different demands. But now I often find myself hanging back, as if I don't want to be seen as a person with a disability. I feel I have lost my confidence.
I am a regular meditator, and have a pretty great life for the most part. But I want to help erase the stigma againt disability (and other "differences") I realize I need to "step out" but feel stuck and frustrated..
How can I choose to utilize the abilities I do have rather than hanging out with shame. I've proven to myself that that attitude in no way serves my purpose.
Thank you for any help you might offer!