Growing Up with a Physical Handicap

  • Shirley Sargent
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO, volume 2)


Although I have been a professional writer and historian for years, when I was asked to write a chapter on growing up with a physical handicap, my response was strongly negative. I questioned whether I wanted to commit my personal statement to paper or even if I wanted to delve into my years of struggle and search for identity. Finally, after agreeing to the project, I found it painful to review and write an honest portrayal of the physical and emotional stress that altered my life as well as those of my family. Slowly, this chapter, which topically is unlike anything else I write, was completed. Preparing it has renewed my conviction that I was fortunate in my family and friends, who offered support, and occasional opposition. They helped me channel drive and defiance into a constructive life.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shirley Sargent
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  1. 1.YosemiteUSA

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