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Disabled But Happy

In the middle of a Irene’s happy and healthy childhood, she got hit by a stray bullet in her spine. Since then she have become paralyzed and never experienced walking again.

This is the story of Irene, a disabled but happy woman.

Wheelchair-bound, I felt no reason to continue living. Though I never attempted to end my life, depression and self-pity were slowly killing me. Everything was so difficult. I had a very hard time accepting my disability and keeping my self-worth intact.

Soon everything became too great for me to bear. I gave up my struggle.

Then my life began to get better as I surrendered my burden to God. Today, I am a joyful and happy person. I've earned my college degree and have found work to support myself and my family.

Being and staying happy in spite of disability and suffering is not easy. This is how I did it.

1. I surrendered myself and my disability to God.

Jesus bore mankind's sins and sufferings on the cross. I knew He too can carry mine. All I had to do is to surrender all my burdens to Him. He is more than willing to help me. When God closes the door, He leaves the windows open.

2. I dealt with my depression and self-pity.

I never permitted these negative emotions to put me down; I know they can damage my personality. I tried dealing with depression by tackling disasters one at a time. The sooner I recognized what I stood to gain from the experience, the easier it was for me to deal with it.

I tried to deal with my self-pity by thinking that I am a lovable person no matter who and what I am. I also complimented myself for every good thing that I did. I read articles and books from where I could derive inspiration.

3. I kept a healthy self-image.

Andrew Matthews writes, “We decide our own self-image. We decide on our worth and decide how much happiness we expect.”

I know that having a good and positive outlook on myself makes me a real happy person. This means I have to love and accept myself and my disability and think about all my positive attributes.

I noticed that when I think positively about myself, people respond to me in the same way. In the process of thinking good about myself, self-pity and depression gets crowded out of my mind.

4. I came out from my shell.

Disability should not limit us from achieving our dreams and aspirations in life.

With this in mind, I decided not to confine myself at home. I enlarged my circle of friends which extended especially to those with the same disabilities as I have. From these people, I learned many things about my disability and about how they coped with their disabilities. As I made friends with them, I discovered many things about myself. For that, I'm thankful.

At the same time, I submitted myself for rehabilitation. I had to learn to be independent, to do things on my own.

5. I kept myself busy.

Once you get a disability, you are naturally limited by it. I know that. But limitations should not be taken as complete barriers.

So I continued to pursue an education. Went to school like any normal human being would. Got myself a job. I had to develop and excel in my God-given talents. This way, I could be productive and find out my true worth in society.

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