As a polio survivor since I was an infant, living with a disability has been my "normal." But, like most polio survivors, I just gritted through the limitations and inconveniences, trying to keep up with everyone else.
I've been thankful for the opportunities to speak to children about what it's like to live with first a limp, and now the need for a scooter to get around, as several months ago I stopped being able to walk. My favorite thing to tell them is, "I am not my polio leg. I am me. You connect with me by looking in my eyes. When you see someone in a wheelchair, please look in their eyes, because that's where the person is."