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A Reflection on the 2016 Olympics Through a Disabled Lens

What do these games teach us about strength? So much of my identity is contingent upon my strength. Before the development of my disability, I filled all of my spare time with sports. I played everything —competitively. My pride was deeply rooted in a rough exterior and an ability to perform physically that set me apart from many of my peers. At the age of thirteen, however, the discovery of stress fractures, joint dysfunctions, and other similar issues completely uprooted me from an identity I had worked so tirelessly create.
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