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  1. Robin
    Robin July 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for this. Excellently and cogently written. This is reminding me of pieces I’ve read about how some folks with spinal cord injuries rank being able to regain bladder and bowel control, monitor their body temperature, improve genital sexual functioning, and other bodily experiences that make life better day-to-day over walking as their top priorities for things they’d like to change about their injured bodies. Looking for treatments or cures isn’t always about making the disability or illness go away – at least, not if you talk to many disabled and ill people.

  2. Robin
    Robin July 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm | | Reply

    You mentioning that the cool new cataract treatment – and that really is cool and will help a lot of people – wouldn’t work for you reminded me of my pet peeve with the “scientists found a way to help someone see” phenomenon. It makes a great human interest story, and people glom onto it because blindness is such a prevalent fear, but seriously: There are so many kinds and causes of blindness, one person’s miraculous sight restoration isn’t going to work for most of the rest of us. I so wish people would get that, since I don’t even think the average person understands the diference between blindness caused by brain injury, or caused by optic nerve issues, or caused by eye issues. Okay, will keep my sounding off about that to a minimum! 🙂

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