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This section answers a number of questions and addresses concerns you may have about your body. This ranges from discovering and knowing your body to staying healthy and managing your periods. We explore how you can feel good about and enjoy your body, and explore your relationship with beauty.

In a room with a red wall, a person with their back to us is looking at their own face in a handheld mirror. To their left, some clothes hang on a hanger, and to their right there are fairy lights and a picture of their face, which looks melancholy.

Discovering Your Body

It’s often assumed that disability creates a split between a person and their body because of the things they “lost.”

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Knowing Your Body

I get the feeling people think that because I am in a [wheel]chair there is just a blank space down there.

To the left of the image, a person with short dark hair with a flower in it sits in a chair, a small smile on their face and a coffee table in front of them. To the right, we see the reflection of a person’s back in a mirror on the door of a cupboard. The walls of the room are a warm yellow, and through a large open window we see birds, branches and a building

Managing Your Periods

I’m getting older. I’m getting bigger. My body is changing. Sometimes there will be blood coming from my body.

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Staying Healthy

Our bodies are where self-esteem, desire and sexuality come together. The more attention we pay to our needs, the better we are able to take care of ourselves.

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Feeling Good

If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does

A person sits in a bedroom applying nail polish on their fingernails, with a smile on their face. To one side is a steaming mug and books, and to the other side, a dressing table. The room is warmly lit, coloured in shades of orange and red.

Beauty And You

Our bodies are where self-esteem, desire and sexuality come together. The more attention we pay to our needs, the better we are able to take care of ourselves.

A person with short brown hair, wearing a striped top, holds up a rose and looks to the side with a smile on their face. They are sitting in a wheelchair. In the background, the headboard of a bed, an open window through which we see the moon and stars, and patterned wallpaper.

Enjoying Your Body

How could I dance when I couldn’t walk? The thought of life without dancing was extremely depressing for me. I had to find a way to keep dancing.