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“Is our disability a weakness? Disability will only be a weakness when we cannot recognize care from others or cannot allow acceptance to our needs.” – Astrid Hardjana-Large

When we have a disability, when we are in need of care from others and not as able as others, we can fear that we appear weak because we are not as independent as we wish to be.

In my recovery from a stroke, I have been blessed to learn that disability is not a weakness. Disability will only become a weakness when we don’t allow ourselves to recognize the loving care that other people are offering us. When we are not wanting to accept our disability and pushing for others to understand our exact needs, we are choosing to push others away and causing ourselves to be weak.

We can accept our inability but, we can also remember, even with inabilities, you have abilities. Accept your help when you are in need because acceptance of help is not a weakness. It is a way of caring for your person and it can also be a way of supporting others because as we accept care from others, we are giving them trust with our lives and it is a way of expressing our belief in them. Sharing your experience is a way of caring. An ability to be open and to share is a way of being strong, regardless of your inabilities.