Handicapped

I may be different from you
But that doesn’t make you better than me
And maybe the things you do easily
Are difficult for me, but they’re not impossible
So don’t tell me I can’t do this or that because I’m handicapped
Your attempt to defeat me will only make me try harder
If I believe I can do something great
Let me believe in myself and accomplish as much as I can
Don’t help me unless I ask you to I want to be independent as long as I am able   Above all, be my friend and love me, if you will
But don’t pity me –I don’t need it.   -1980 (age 32, gradual deafness made me sensitive and easily offended if told I couldn’t do something because I was going deaf)

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