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The Tortoise and the Chaira collection of the authors prose and poetryreflects a two-decade personal journey living with multiple sclerosis. Moving as slowly as a tortoise, the author balks at using a wheelchair or any other assistive deviceat first. The characters in the short stories react to stereotypes often tacked onto differently-abled people. In Standing Up for Sitting Down an airport employee asks a companion about the wheelchair riders ability. But the companion turns to the rider for an answer. In A Proposal a disabled person succumbs to the temptation to shoplift, but learns to tell the truth in several arenas of her life. Fear of abandonment and progressive loss of independence are also addressed in short stories as well as through poetry. But the writing steers away from taking a victim stance. Vulnerable as Michelle may feel in Stranded, she makes powerful decisions. And in The Elephant in the Room Brad musters the strength to seek support from his disabled fishing buddy. The author distinguishes between frank expression of feelings and wallowing in whining. Changes and Challenges suggests possible responses to the unpredictable. The collection, laced with compassionate humor, expresses grief as well as outright anger. An allegory depicts MS as a brazen, uninvited houseguest. The poem Chagrin speaks of loss of bladder control in public. And limericks address irksome MS symptoms. The Tortoise and the Chair encourages readers to discover their own empowerment in the face of ongoing loss and to speak about iteven write about it.