Skier Stars In TV Documentary

From Regional Mobility

“The first week of this new year Winter Park’s Martha Hill, a member of the US. Handicap Ski Team and one of the best female handicapped athletes in the county, was concerned about something she never had to care about before. Taking off her goggles on the chairlift and holding her face up to the sun at every available opportunity, Martha was trying to prevent the ski racer’s racoon eye tan.

Hill’s face protection wasn’t for vanity, but for visual consistency on film. In January Martha was on a month-long break from the movie set in the Carribean where cameras would look for her tan lines to be those of a scuba diver and swimmer rather than skier…”

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Shadow of My Former Self

One day when I was 19, I took a ride on a motorcycle and lost what was then the greatest part of becoming a woman. In the collision that cost my friend Mark Robinson his life, I was thrown 20 feet into the air and hit a telephone pole, shattering my pelvis and breaking both my legs. Three weeks later I survived to become what is termed by the medical community, a “hemipelvectomy.”

Shadow of My Former Self is the story of the first year after the “impact,” from the morning of the accident through hospitalizations, amputations, and artificial legs, to my return to classes at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Trying to reconstruct the wild girl who grew  Catholic in a Jewish and Italian town north of Boston, the book includes flashbacks to Revere,  Massachusetts.  I focus on body image, beauty, grief, and the attempt to recreate my shattered self.

I will be putting up chapters of the book periodically, so keep checking back to see more! This book will eventually be  in print, so this version which will take us through more than a third way through the text will become a teaser for the book in print, which is too expensive right now, but  if we are making money from Have Crutch Will Travel, others may like it enough to get this writer some money to advance my publishing business.

Poems, Prayers, Prosthetics; An Adventure

“Not many people have the misfortune, or privilege, however you feel about it, to own and operate an artificial appendage. But those of us who do, through design or default, are privy to a few “different” experiences in life that can sometimes fall into the category of humorous. Or to the more pristine soul, morbidly funny to hilarious.

For us, prosthetics is not just another dirty word, nor a dirty profession, just an expensive and tongue-tripping name for that counterfeit ‘thing’ that we strap onto our otherwise healthy bodies to take the place of that one, two or more fleshly outgrowths called limbs that we have somehow managed to lose in our lifetimes. Or temporarily misplace, if you believe the Christian Scientists that it all comes back to you.

‘Is that a sprain?’ an innocent young man asked me in Aspen one crisp winter night as I hobbled gracelessly on the ice on my crutches…”

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Barriers a Matter of Perception

From Regional Mobility Magazine, April 3, 1986

“‘Disability is an obstacle illusion.’ Catchy phrase. With this phrase, Rose Kreston hoped the students at Colroado State University would catch Handicapped Awareness Days’ message that it is often the able-bodied community’s perceptions of disability which impede disabled people in their attempts to become an acceptable part of society.

Rose Kreston is a small person. One resists the temptation to say that her job is big. But as Director of Handicapped Students, her job is a far-reaching and varied position that requires organizational, supervisory, advisory and advocacy skills as well as insight into the experience of handicapped people.

Rose brings a broad outlook and background to that role. Disabled since birth by a condition called Osteogenesis…”

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My Viewpoint: “Real Gimps”

From Regional Mobility Magazine, December, 1985

“We all joke around about relative levels of disability. Above-the-knee amputees (ak’s) will joke around about below-the-knee amputees: “B-ks are almost human.” But let’s face it. Sometimes even a b-k feels like a real gimp.

I once met a freestyle skier who had blown her knee out the previous season and was three-tracking during her convelescence. She liked it so much, she started to call herself handicapped…”

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CALEidoscope: “Super Gimps”

From, Regional Mobility Magazine, February, 1986

“Last month I made a distinction between the person with an athletic injury and the “real gimp’ This month’s column is a commentary on the rarest breed of gimp, the supergimp.

In case you’re not familiar with the term, gimps are humans possessing an abnormal walking style, commonly described as a limp, later bastardized to “gimp” to refer to both the gait and the person whose mobility is impaired. More recently the term has been…”

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