One Woman's Story: Living With a Disability

Nicole SmallWomen can be affected by many different types of disabilities, each of which presents a unique set of challenges. Disabilities can impact a woman's ability to move, see, or even communicate. While disabilities may make everyday activities more challenging, that doesn't mean that women living with disabilities can't enjoy healthy, productive lives.

Nicole Small, a 24-year-old woman living with spina bifida, shows us how true this is.

We spoke with Nicole in honor of International Day of Persons With Disabilities — observed on December 3, 2013 — about her experience living with spina bifida, a birth defect of the brain, spine, and spinal cord. Nicole describes her life as difficult, but she embraces her abilities and urges others to do the same.

I encourage you to read our full interview with Nicole. She talks about living with spina bifida, overcoming challenges she's faced, and setting goals for her future. She reminds all of us that if we set our minds to something, we can achieve it.

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