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Welcome to our section on disabilities. Featuring a combination of original content, guest posts, inspiring stories, and practical tips. We hope you’ll find this section useful and informative. May it lift you up with a little encouragement, empathy, and compassion.

A personal experience with PTSD

Since 1966, I have lived with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And, after all these years, I now have learned firsthand the difficult decision many...

Church meets family need

Months ago I received an email from a reader in Peoria, Arizona. She mentioned a column I wrote nearly a year ago about a family that felt so out of place at their church.

Talented Joe Griffin

I first learned of 14-year-old Joe Griffin of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, in 2006. After reading my column in the Walton (Fla.) Sun, he and...

Parent Has Twin Daughters with Cerebral Palsy

Jon Ebersole believes his 24-year-old twin daughters' shared disability, cerebral palsy, created at times a challenging experience for him

Pete and Liz Fordred

In March 1982, Pete and Liz Fordred began an incredible 18-month sailing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Florida. They sailed by themselves as paraplegics,

Traffic Accidents Led to Arthritis

Lisa and David Michaels (not their real names) both have had trouble over years managing pain and arthritis caused by old traffic accident injuries, and much more.

Coping with Bipolar Disorder

On the outside, Hope Noble, a sophomore at Cedarville University in Ohio, seems like any other 18-year-old woman. Inside, and unseen, she has cyclothymia,...

Mother Found New Meaning

17-year-old Alisha Pierce suddenly came down with a cold, then a fever, caught viral pneumonia, and passed away inside two days. More than three years later, her mother, Shawn Pierce, still remembers her daughter with cerebral palsy.

Coping with Autism

Seldom do I interview people via email instead of over telephone or in person, but Joseph D. Smith of Glasgow, Kentucky, has a sound reason asking for email. He has a high-functioning form of autism.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Lead to Diagnosis

Lori Maynard learned that her daughter had rheumatoid arthritis