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The Unexpected Lessons I've Learned Because of My Disability

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Just over a decade ago, after being hospitalized with brainstem encephalitis, I emerged from a medically induced coma with an acquired brain injury and multiple physical impairments.

Like many people who become disabled as an adult, I mourned my loss of ability and independence, and wept at the unfairness of my fate.

I felt frustrated with my impairments and guilty because I believed I was a burden on my loved ones. Convinced that my life would never be the same again, I resigned myself to a fruitless and miserable future.

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