Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read, Write Your Own Truth

Filed under: Living with a disability,Motivation — by at 3:36 pm on Monday, July 19, 2010

Somewhere in my possession I have a letter from a medical specialist, written when I was young, stating my diagnosis – quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy, that I am functionally non-verbal and that I require 24-hour nursing care.

That letter surfaced to consciousness while I have been feverishly working on my presentation for the Plain Talk Conference – a conference on communicating plainly and clearly in the health industry – to be held in Alexandria, Virginia, next week!

I have also been making arrangements for the four-day trip. A tour of Washington, DC, may also be on my itinerary! I’ll be traveling alone; without a nurse attached.

Why am I sharing this?

Letters are written, notes are made in files. Sometimes these words are necessary to “play the game” to get the service, the equipment or the medication necessary when living with a disability.

But, those written words do not define who you – or a loved one with a disability – are. Leave those words on the paper, in the file. Only you can choose the words that define and describe who you truly are, your own truth.

The words I’m choosing to define myself today, at this moment, include:

I am a creative and innovative solopreneur who happens to have cerebral palsy and uses an electric scooter for mobility. I do have a significant speech impairment and, because of that, I have developed a unique way to deliver riveting presentations. At times I do require assistance; my virtual assistant and editor have been invaluable these last few weeks. Today I am too busy to be disabled.

What words do you choose to define and describe yourself today?

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Comment by Lori-ann

July 19, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

Truer words never said…Thank you!

Comment by Karen Lynn

July 19, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

You go girl! You prove everyone wrong who makes medical judgements that way. by following your heart.

I have had to do this all my life. If you read some of my blog entries at : you will see that you are not alone. You will see that you are amongst those who are educating the world through our actions, deeds and thoughts to not only make ourselves better human beings but to inspire and empower those around us.

Keep following that inner light!


Comment by Larry Lawfer

July 19, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

Another great blog. You are so right to state that what doctors say and know is not anything like what the determined and focused human mind and body can accomplish. You are a living testament to your will to live a complete and full life and to share that with others so they may as well. I am always impressed with you.

Comment by karen

July 19, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

Ooooh! You have an editor now! You are *really* moving up in the literary world!!!

I think your definition suits you to a T. And I’ve known you a long, long time, and I’ve always known you as this definition: totally able.


Comment by Cheryl

July 19, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

You’ll have to check accessibility because I have not been in 15+ years, but if you’re going to be in Alexandria, you HAVE to go to the Torpedo Factory

They say they have an elevator and an accessible entrance (all the way around the other side… sigh)

Comment by Suzie Cheel

July 19, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

You go Glenda. I can see you speeding around the streets of Washington now.
Congrats on your moving up to having an editor and a VA

Comment by Joanna Paterson

July 19, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

Glenda, I love that line, ‘too busy to be disabled’!

Have a great time at at the conference, I’m sure the participants will learn much from your plain talking (and wonderful sense of humour)

Comment by Oscar Gonzalez

July 22, 2010 @ 8:32 am

I loved reading this. Inspirational and I agree, these notes and things that get recorded about us should never define us… unless we use them to bring forward the will to make sure they *never* define us.

Comment by Paul Merrill

July 22, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

Another inspiring post, Glenda!

I’m still pondering how to apply this – to get over the disabilities I’ve put on myself.

And yes, have a great time in Washington DC! I hope it’s not *too* hot!

Comment by Lou Barba

July 28, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

It’s great to hear you tell your story! Some of the kids I work with could probably tell stories similar to yours, but you confirm what I have said. Kids that, due to their appearence, make some people wonder why we bother to take them to school every day, have a lot going on! Not in the same way others do, but a lot going on, just the same.

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