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Thank you Denise for sharing this with me. I look forward to understanding others challenges as I learn to understand my own.



Denise, your story is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.....

I too am suffering from a disease that makes it difficult for my blood to flow into my legs. Fortunately, I can walk, but my legs have formed very ugly scars from wounds that took years to heal (I have one right now)and dead-looking veins that make me too awkward to wear shorts or skirts.

Whenever I do, I have to bear the curious glances of people. But then, like you, i choose not to let their stares affect me. I choose to be happy and to enjoy what life has to offer.


Denise, I appreciate this post for two reasons. 1) You made me aware of how much I take things for granted, 2) I have a better understanding of the challenges a person in a wheelchair faces each day. Thank you so much for giving us a peek into just one part of your day.

Denise DiNoto

I'm late to responding to comments - sorry! Susan - feel free to use anything of mine, as long as it is OK with Lucia and the blog owners. If I can ever be of assistance with anything, just let me know.

Ann - you have always were and continue to be a mentor I can follow. Thank you for always believing in me and my abilities.

Charleen - I've been blessed to be surrounded by other achievers in my family.


I am so supportive of you writing about pee math! Now I have a name for what I went through for years of my life. now I know I had to do "stool" math. It is indeed a blessing (from some part of some universe somewhere) to be able to take these daily bodily functions for granted and do them with ease and without a second thought. Very happy you feel free to write about pee!!!!! :-)

Susan Frankel

Denise, You and Jen taught me so much about how to face and manage limitations with a positive spirit. I would like to use your post and share it with the students in my human growth and development class that I teach. I dedicate 2 classes per semester to discussing disability issues with the class. I added it in because there are no disability courses taught at the college unless they are in the nursing department and I think it is critical to their own personal and professional growth and development. Now, I'm going to be thinking about whether I would choose eating or peeing if I had to make a health choice. Hmmm...what to do???

Ann n obis

Denise, you have always been a positive person! I love your thinking and approach. You inspire so many. You live the life you have as I have always taught Brie to to be happy and fulfilled. Love reading your blog. You go girl!

Charleen Sastri

Beautiful story of your daily life ; and also of the daily struggles that you accomplish within your heart. You are an achiever!!!!

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  • Our name is twofold. “Able” meaning capable. There are four of us with disabilities - visible and hidden. Assumptions from others perceive us as not being capable of carrying out a "normal" life. But the fact is having disabilities gives us more desire to be willing and able. “Bodies” because we all have our own, and also part of a larger human body. Able and Bodies together speaks to each of us individually. We are willing, able and VERY capable of achieving whatever our mind is set toward. When the four of us are together, the feeling is amplified.