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In my post, I also explored the aspect of how a disability can be used stigmatize and diminish a person to being viewed as the physical embodiment of that disability. I think it was very insightful how the narrative went about exploring this topic, and, like you said, how people with disabilities are “rejected by non-ill/able-bodied people because they fear the illness, and consequently the ill person.”. I hadn’t noted that in my response, but I feel like that is a major reason why Twyla and Roberta had felt so strongly about alienating or hurting Maggie, and I believe the characters come to this same conclusion at the end of the piece, where Roberta asks “What the hell happened to Maggie?” (pg 20).

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