Essays

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 from my Current 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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Graduate School Personal Statement

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In my personal statement for my graduate school application, I explained how having OT as a child and later as a teen inspired my desire to pursue becoming an occupational therapist

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A Debt Repaid

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My childhood experiences receiving occupational therapy instilled a passion for my profession; as an adult, I marveled at the beauty of OT the first time I worked with a child with a similar hand difference

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What Happened to Your Hand?

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In this reflection, I explore the question that I feared most in my life and how to ask it of someone else with a limb difference

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Hiding Hand/Arm Differences and Other Issues of Self Acceptance

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Reflections on being asked about my difference and suggestions for practicing “scripts” with your child

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Stranger

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Before there were so many groups for people with limb differences, meeting someone else with a hand difference was a rare experience. This essay contains many of my thoughts and musings on meeting someone with a similar body

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