Many words beginning with ‘dis’ have similar connotations : disappointment, disbelief, discard, discomfort – I could go on.
Labels are unnecessary – after all, if we each did the same things in the same way, how boring would the world be?
Which is why I seek to include characters in my stories who ‘do things differently’. Whether it’s as a result of an accident or illness, they find alternative ways to achieve their goals.
These people are not ‘Hollywood-style’ token characters who find a cure or recover from their problems. They are real people who adapt and overcome throughout their whole lifetime.
Because that’s what real people do. No gloss, no glitter – just real life and real issues.