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Once, I used a fake ID for the first time in my life so I could get into a 21 & over storytelling competition. I got 2nd place — pretty good for a fake adult, right?

I have always loved public speaking. Maybe I’m biased from my 10+ years of…

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There are some really fantastic writers about disability here on Medium.

Whether you’re disabled or not, there’s a lot to gain from keeping up with writers with disabilities. By reading and learning from their work, we can foster understanding, empathy, and community.

Plus, with every disability story we read, we…

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It has been over a decade since I was paralyzed from the waist down after breaking my back during a soccer game.

I was only 11 years old.

I spent 8 years in physical therapy and eventually regained enough strength and sensation to learn how to walk again without any…

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There are so many fantastic writers with disabilities here on Medium.

As a disabled writer myself, I’ve found community with these phenomenal people. It’s comforting to know we’re not alone in our struggles and experiences.

And if you’re not disabled, you have the chance to learn so much about something…

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Three weeks ago, I published a story with the subtitle: “I got into Harvard Law at age 20. Now, I’m unemployed and living in my parents’ basement. You could say I’m pretty versatile.”

For reference:

One could call this subtitle vulnerable. One could even call it oversharing.

I call it…

Mackenzie Saunders

Storyteller. Walking paraplegic. Incoming Harvard Law School student. Top Writer x3. Editor of Destigmatizing. Living in AZ, USA

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