By Greg Smith
There is a perception in our society that having a severe disability is a fate worse than death. But I can think of many scenarios in life that would seem worse than my life with MD:
Living in extreme poverty, being hungry, being illiterate, being without a family, living in a loveless family, living in a household where there is domestic violence, having a terminal medical diagnosis like cancer, being incarcerated, being addicted to drugs or alcohol… I have respect and admiration for people in all of those categories, yet I would not trade places with them.
Heck, I’d rather have muscular dystrophy than be just plain ugly or stupid! My muscular disease is more of a pain in the butt that it is a suffering.
I’m just being real, with you but our culture continues to insist on placing us with disabilities in a ghetto of the least fortunate, deserving of urgent pity. And millions of dollars are raised to help us… to cure us, fix us, and eliminate the problem: eliminate disability.
Disability will never go away because it is a part of the natural diversity that is human life. I would rather focus my energies eliminating other problems that can be solved.
Help me inspire underprivileged youth by supporting my book drive.
That is why I am mounting a campaign that will benefit underprivileged youth, between the ages of 18 and 24. These young people have been through some very rough circumstances, yet have emerged with aspiration. I will be delivering a keynote address August 20 at the Gulfport Job Corps to inspire them even more, and through this campaign, my hope is to leave each student copies of my books.
If you support the concept of a disabled guy seeking donations to benefit non-disabled people, please donate towards my cause to put my books in the hands of underprivileged youth.
You can donate any amount. I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to make a difference in the world in a way that is not related to my disability at all. It feels great! Click here to donate: