I have a friend named Michael, he’s a quadriplegic, and he leads a remarkable life. Though mute, and blind in one eye, Michael taps out short stories, directs photo shoots and prints out the pictures. All this he does with Morse Code and his chin to a switch. There are dozens of abbreviations in his head for sentences, phrases and paragraphs. He creates these, and puts them in his computer to use for communicating with others. His computer is his voice. Michael burns CDs to give as Christmas presents, birthday presents and just being nice to someone presents. He then goes a step further … Continue reading You Don’t Have To Be Mobile To Move Someone
“_* _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ** _* _ _ * * ***_ * *_* _*_* _ _ _ _ *_ _* _ _* * ***.” “Nothing ever changes.” “Twelve years is too long. I’m tired of nurses. I’m tired of my family. I’m tired of wishing I were dead.” I couldn’t escape Michael’s words, or the image of him lying there using Morse Code to tap out his emotions. What could I say? How could I respond? Webster’s definition of empathy: “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions: the ability to … Continue reading Can You Really Walk a Mile in The Shoes of a Quadriplegic?