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Handicapable

October 2001

How dare you assume that I cannot

Ambulate the world,

Negotiate the speed bumps.

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Don't tell me when and where to go;
    Don't tell me how to get there.

Independent, I am

Competent.

Active
    I push my body past limits.

Positive.

And every day
    I pray
    I will remember
    What I remembered yesterday.

Believe it.

Liberated
    Be it by cane,
    By wheelchair or
    By electric scooter.

Empowered
    To follow my dreams
    To the ends of this walkable world.

Antoinette-Marie Williams
Antoinette-Marie Williams doesn't let limited mobility due to multiple sclerosis (MS) stop her from travelling, tutoring and teaching, writing, and volunteering for Body Positive. Pictured above is Antoinette on a Body Positive cruise of New York Harbor last July.


Back to the October 2001 issue of Body Positive magazine.


  
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