Does the sting of injury or disability — that twinge of anger, regret or self-pity over what’s been lost — ever go away? A conversation with a friend left me pondering that very question. I realized only a fool would declare himself sting-free, though for me, after 30 years it’s rarely more than a twinge. But I wondered how others felt and whether there are things we can do to help the sting out the door. Most of us weather the initial storms following injury, but do we ever truly get over all we’ve lost? Is that even possible? And if it is, how long can we expect to wait for that healing to happen? What helps ease the sting and/or speed the process along? I spoke with other wheelchair users to see what they think and to learn from their experiences.

Rather than deny “the sting,” Minna Hong says it’s OK to admit that sometimes disability just sucks.

Rather than deny “the sting,” Minna Hong says it’s OK to admit that sometimes disability just sucks.

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Face it Head On

“I don’t think the pain ever really goes away. It may not t