Writings

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Embracing Vulnerability: Journeying Toward Self-Acceptance

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On a recent retreat, I openly shared my experiences growing up with a visible physical difference and how it affected my sense of belonging. This openness about my hand allowed me to preempt questions, express my desire to be seen both as having – but not defined by – my disability, and ultimately feel more relaxed and connected. The positive responses from others showed how being vulnerable can foster trust and confidence.

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Mother’s Day Letter to my Mother

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I wrote this letter to my mother to share empathy for all that she has experienced raising a child with a hand difference and express my appreciation and gratitude for all that she has contributed to me over my life.

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Preparing yourself for when your child feels SAD about their limb difference

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On social media, parents often share about the hard moments when their children feel sadness about their limb difference for the first time. Before offering suggestions for supporting children during these difficult moments, I wanted to examine this situation from the parents’ perspective. All children experience sadness about aspects of their life, but this situation is a little different. Let’s explore it!

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Highlights on Hands To Love Hand Camp

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Highlights of the 2023 Hands To Love Hand Camp weekend in Starke, Florida!

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Letter from a Parent to their Child with a Limb Difference

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Overhearing a parent talking to their child with a limb difference inspired me to think about what I would have liked to have heard as a child. Here it is in letter format.

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Other Voices: LFP Weekend 2023 Reflections

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Many adults who attended LFP 2023 Weekend shared reflections on social media about their experiences. Here are two, one from an occupational therapist and the other from an athete, both of whom have upper limb differences!

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Jumping rope at LFP 2023

Lucky Fin Weekend Reflections 2023

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This past weekend, I participated in the Lucky Fin Project weekend for people affected by upper limb differences. As a pediatric occupational therapist with a congenital hand difference, I promoted the information and resources on my website and demonstrated the EazyHold adaptive silicone grip assist.

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Letter to my Parents, Teachers, and Coaches from my Younger Self

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Had I been able to articulate what support I needed as a child, here is what I would have requested of the adults in my life

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Letter to my Younger Self

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I don’t know why my younger self was born with a little left hand, but I certainly have learned quite a few things about living this life that I wish I could have shared with a younger self

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Quotes

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A compendium of quotes found on this site

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