I am finishing off my literature review for my thesis, that section is due on Friday. In doing so, I have been reading some interesting books including some on blogging and digital literacy, and another called Pride Against Prejudice – Transforming attitudes of disability by Jenny Morris. It was written in 1991 though still so very relevant. As I delved further into the chapters, I nodded with the concepts, identifying with the way people perceive those with disability, illness and disfigurements (especially since I gave that concept a lot of thought here).
There’s a section in the book about the experience of being different. Morris lists a lot of assumptions people make about those with disabilities, and this one was such an lightbulb moment for me:
“That we can’t ever really accept our condition, and if we appear to be leading a full and contented life, or are simply cheerful, we are ‘just putting a good face on it’ “.
I really urge you to read this book if you are struggling with acceptance and identity of a disability, chronic illness or physical disfigurement. Interesting stuff.
I am featured in a guest post on That Space In Between. It’s a little interview and me in a duck hat. Please pop over to check it out, and also take the time to read Sarah’s beautiful writing too.
On Monday night I had dinner at Miss Chu with Heidi. It was delicious as usual, and so good to see her again.
Yesterday Melbourne football identity Jim Stynes passed away after a three year battle with cancer. He was not only a football player and club president, but also a youth worker – founder of the Reach Foundation – and throughout his life and cancer battle, gave so much to the community. While his battle with cancer was so public – and I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for him and his family that it was so public – it also meant he reached so many, inspiring them and providing them with hope.
His legacy transcends football. I was listening to reports of how he shaped peoples’ lives, and he seemed like an amazing man. He’s survived by his wife and two young children. I have two friends who have been involved in the Reach Foundation, and I chat to his sister as she works near me. My thoughts are with his family and colleagues. I don’t pay attention to football but I paid attention to him when he featured on the news. Despite his cancer, he had the most amazing attitude. He said of his cancer, “I needed to get a better life and cancer has led to a better life”. I think he can teach us what’s important – to live life and appreciate it to the fullest, and help others where we can. Rest in peace Jim.