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A Disabled Person Can Function Better Than Many

Mar 11, 2008
Not too many decades ago I was living in Washington, D.C., working in corporate America, waking up at 6 am, rushing with my coffee while I brushed my teeth and put on my pinstripe suit and yellow power tie, and drove to work, arriving before rush hour. Only to be stressed for hours on end, long after work ended.

After a major heart attack, a burst appendicitis, a dysfunctional vagus nerve (requiring an implant) and a myriad of other health problems, I was put on the corporate sidelines, and, doctors said I would not be working again. I was only forty years old.

So in medical terms, I was disabled. I did not buy the term. I bought a cheap computer and learned all I could about the Internet. I learned how to be a cartoonist and writer. I learned how to outsource and license the manufacturing of my image products. I became an entrepreneur within a few years. But if you ask any social service agency, my disability remains.

So now I was out to prove something. Though my body could not work like my mind, my mind did indeed still function, so, to me, I was hardly disabled. But I had to prove it to myself. So after creating Londons Times Cartoons, the most visited cartoon site on the Internet, I felt, "this is a good start". 9 e-stores later, I knew I was onto something, but, of course "disabled".

Then I decided to go back to school and learn business and technology and did so online (at an accredited university). I then invented a new fully-computerized medical device.

I let the government know of my activities, yet they simply ignored my suggestion that maybe a disability is not a disability at all. If one really wants to do something, it can be done.

I have discussed my ability to accomplish with many other so-called disabled persons, and have discovered many similar stories. I am certainly not a hero nor even unique. Many have made accomplishments that I only hope to come close to doing.

So why is it necessary to label people. America seems to love labels. What is so productive about labeling? I have been ten times more productive as a "disabled person" than when I was "fully functional" (pushing and signing papers mostly), in corporate America. It is something to ponder.
About the Author
Cartoonist and entrepreneur Rick London owns the largest and most visited cartoon site on the Internet Londons Times Cartoons and nine stores. One of his more popular can be found here. To see one of Rick London's Top-rated cartoon gift stores click here
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