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“My Body Is Not A Metaphor” – Ashley Caveda’s powerful essay on life with paralysis

Information courtesy of Ashley Caveda, Superstition Review

As a young child, Ashley Caveda was paralyzed in an automobile accident. She turned to writing as a way to let her mind travel to places her body could not. As an adult, her writing has appeared in Ruminate Magazine and literary journals including Monkeybicycle and The Southeast Review.

Her latest work is “My Body Is Not A Metaphor”, a piece for literary magazine Superstition Review. She powerfully and poetically expresses the challenges of living with paralysis, and coping with other people’s perceptions of disability. Raw and revealing in its honesty, this piece is about more than limitations. It is about determination to explore and achieve, both through words and experiences.

Read “My Body Is Not A Metaphor” here.

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Doug Schmidt
Director of Communications
The Fifth Freedom Network