Until 2004, I was an independent and active woman -- a former airline sales exec and then a high school educator. Then my body kept betraying me. I was finally diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease -- confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. With life at a slower pace, I learned to live a more conscious and mindful life -- buying, eating and other choices. I listen instead of talking, and I observe instead of running and rushing.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Disability Activist Ed Roberts on "60 Minutes" with Harry Reasoner
This is a video that was shown on the CBS show "Sixty Minutes" about Ed Roberts. He was stricken with polio in 1953, right before the vaccine was discovered. He got a degree, fell in love, got married and fathered a son -- all while being paralyzed from the neck down, and dependent upon a ventilator to breathe and to stay alive!! Furthermore, he started a movement for PWDs to live in their communities and stay out of institutions. And -- most amazingly -- he tried for years to end his life!! After the last of his failed suicide attempts, he decided to live and to live a purposeful life. I for one, am most grateful he decided to stop trying to kill himself and make a difference; my life would be so totally different if Ed Roberts had been allowed to die. I am determined to live a life of purpose and this story humbles me because I am so much more able-bodied than Ed Roberts and I have not done a fraction of what this man has done. He has been disabled almost his whole life and I was able-bodied for a good part of my adult life. It is worth 16 minutes of your 1440-minute day -- 1/90th of your day to watch this. This is truly a hero and an inspiration!! Give me your comments and let me know if this video changes your thinking. Thanks to NYC disability activist Lawrence Carter-Long for sharing this video.
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