All posts by Rose Wolfe (Living Free with disAbilities)

Let's get to the elephant first: I have myotonic dystrophy which defines my physical limitations, but it does not define me. Without the distraction of physical activities, I have found my passions: (1) Encouraging others to live more fully with fun, faith, and hope; (2) finding freedom in oil painting; (3) writing about my experiences; and (4) encouraging others to live more passionately. It is my belief that every person lives with at least one disability - for impairments are not limited to those with chronic illnesses. Many neurotypical people are psychological architects who have constructed enclosures in which they trap themselves. Mindsets, attitudes, and perceptions are fluid realities. Many of us have forgotten that it is possible how to live beyond our disabilities. Life may have challenges but faith and hope are within reach. I have made my choice: I am LivingFreeWithdisAbilities.

Restoration (3 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


Even though muscular dystrophy attempts to lay claim to my life, I have found a few ways to come out from the shadow of my disease.  One of my pleasures (and therapies) is painting.  This creative form affords me the freedom to live beyond the limits of my physical world and to express feelings that expand beyond the limits that words impose.  The more I paint, the more I feel compelled to paint.  It is addictive and healthy.   As I work to bring an oil painting to completion, I am restoring little pieces of me.

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The Ability in Dis-A-bility (4 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


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Oil Painting by Rose Wolfe

Toiling with the earth and fighting a year-long battle against nature, farmers hope for high yields from the perfect crop.  Even though the farmer knows that nature will always win (for she has an arsenal at her disposal), the farmer seeks to control that which cannot be contained.  Untameable, nature arbitrarily sends drought, flood, ice, and weeds.  One such challenge is the feral stinging nettle plant.

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Patience, Hope, and Courage (3 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


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Stewing, emotions churning, simmering, building to a boil. Feeling frustrated, discouraged, ignored, discounted, slighted, perplexed, surprised, and pressured as tears threatened to expose my thoughts.  It was unexpected, but, then why would I expect no access to a public building in a Chicago?

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Five Catalysts of Hopelessness (3 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


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Photo Credits: Rose Wolfe

We all suffer from hopelessness.  Those what’s the point, who really cares, whatever I do won’t matter thoughts can drag you into an Eeyore existence without notice.  One moment, you are making plans and whistling a tune, then, bam, the next moment, you are moping around.

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What is on Your Bucket List? (2 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


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“FAITH, HOPE, LOVE REMAIN” Oil Painting by Rose Wolfe

Shifting his weight, he tried another position as he sought to find a comfortable spot. The morphine drip took the edge off for awhile but never long enough. Feeling helpless, I sat next to his bed and held his hand.

He was only 25 years old, and cancer devours the young as well as the old. For six short months, we had battled together to fight this invader. Now, the war was over, and we had lost.

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