David joins and then becomes a leader of a self-help group of disabled persons (with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, double amputation, deafness, blindness—the author goes out of his way to be inclusive). This provides an opportunity to present several character types and several styles of adaptation. His girlfriend, a member of the group, is an artist who has multiple sclerosis. She paints portraits of each of the other members, emphasizing both their individual characteristics and the stigmata of their disability. David is sensitive to critical differences, such as congenital versus adult acquired, but he is primarily sensitive to critical similarities. Their anger is pervasive—at employers, social agencies, doctors, therapists, families, the physically normal (they prefer “temporarily able-bodied”), each other, and, perhaps most of all, themselves. Their life challenges are the same as everyone else’s—career, relationships, sex, money, fun, creativity, spirituality, but for them each of these is further complicated by the two central truths of disability. There are things that others can do and that they cannot, and others see them as different, as belonging to a special stigmatized group. The burden is constant and at times overwhelming. Some are dramatically successful, many give up, and most live a mixture of the two.