Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Handicap International: Donate Now to Help Injured and Disabled Syrian Refugees

I've been trying to find the best way for me to help Syrian refugees. After doing some research, I was pleased to discover that a disability-specific charity exists.

From the website: "Co-winner of the [1997] Nobel Peace Prize, Handicap International supports people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations living in conflict and disaster zones and in situations of exclusion and extreme poverty."

"Since early 2013, Handicap International has deployed rehabilitation teams to northern Syria to provide physical therapy to the injured and disabled. The organization has worked with injured Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon since the summer of 2012. In summer 2014, Handicap International extended its operations to include Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan."

Fleeing through treacherous conditions from one dire situation into another (that is uncertain, life threatening, and prone to breathtaking ridicule) sounds like one of the most nightmarish events a person could endure. My heart drops an extra notch for the vulnerability of those with disability and/or injury in the mix.

Please donate if you can or share the link.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Notable Evidence That My Body Does Some Things Well

I spend so much time and energy juggling the uncooperativeness of my body that I often neglect to take stock of what's going well with it. 

So! Things that are going well as of right now:

Alive and listing toward quality
Never had a cavity
Heart is anatomically normal
Blood pressure is always satisfactory
Hearing is typical
Kidneys and liver function as expected
Skull protects my brain like a pro
Brain fights for me even when it doesn't
Most of my body responds well to low-impact exercise when I can get it

No doubt there are more, but that's enough for me to gather some perspective by today.