It’s one of the great challenges in a life to have to learn how to work with a situation that’s not perfect. It can be especially difficult when circumstances make it more of a challenge than others seem to have, and it’s hard to not take things personally. At first, anyway. Most people who get around in a wheelchair have had to go through a stage of taking things personally, because it’s just part of the ride.
After that, however, things start to shift in radical directions, and for everyone, there is an after. Nancy Mairs, in writing about her own struggles with chronic illness in books like Remembering the Bone House , is one of the more articulate writers in tracking the inner journey that happens to everyone who finds themselves dealing with more than they’d counted on from the world.… Read the rest