Introduction to Orchid
When we were
choosing a name for this magazine, Orchid made the short list. Orchids
take amazingly different shapes, forms, and growth habits. Some
produce blossoms no larger than a mosquito while others are as large
as a dinner plate. A handful of species bloom year round, and orchids
come in all colors of the rainbow.
A common misconception
is that orchids are fragile and difficult to grow. Actually, most
species are quite resilient and many can grow in your own living
room. Orchids are among the oldest plants on earth and are found
all over the world. There are 35,000 species of orchids, making
up the largest plant family in nature. This beautiful and resilient
flowering plant has many characteristics that resemble the strength
and diversity of women with disabilities.
Is it any wonder
that Orchid seemed a perfect name for a magazine that offers a brand
new look at women with disabilities?
Orchid to encourage all women with disabilities to be as healthy
as possible. Some individuals with disabilities assume that they
are unhealthy because of their disability - not true!
means a lot more than not having an illness or disability. If you
eat well, go to the doctor for regular check-ups, handle stress
well, get some kind of exercise, take time to relax, and spend time
with family and friends, you are healthy.
can affect many things - from your emotions to your relationships.
Think of your health as part of the way you live your life. Living
a healthy lifestyle means that you make choices to improve your
physical, social and emotional health.
And of course,
choosing a healthy lifestyle has many benefits. A healthy lifestyle
can help prevent some medical problems that you might have because
of a disability. It can make it easier to do your daily activities
because you have increased strength or energy, or you may feel happier
and better able to handle your problems. The list of benefits is
endless and can be different for everyone. You'll see in Orchid
that our view of health focuses not on removing illness or disability,
but on wellness. With a wellness focus, you can approach your health
in a positive way that is proactive and prevents problems from happening
instead of reacting to problems after they occur.
to wellness, we also discuss relationships, gardening and yes, even
travel. If we've merely whetted your appetite on a particular topic,
Orchid also offers an abundance of resource listings.
put together with the care and collaborative efforts of the NC Office
on Disability and Health, the NC Office of Women's Health, the NC
Task Force on Health and Women with Disabilities, and the many women
with disabilities who offered their time, creativity, and personal
perspectives on living well with a disability.
We hope you
enjoy our magazine,
||Anna Bess Brown
Sandra Welner, M.D.
Martha F. Walton
NC Office on Disability and Health is a partnership between the
Women's and Children's Health Section of the Division of Public
Health and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through an integrated
program of policy, practice, and research, the NC Office on Disability
and Health promotes the health and wellness of persons with disabilities
in North Carolina.
was made possible by grants from the Centers for Disease Control
& Prevention and the Federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.
Contents of articles do not necessarily represent the positions
of the Centers for Disease Control or the Bureau of Maternal and
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and Health at (919)966-2932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also write:
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Thank You! to a group of dynamic and dedicated women with disabilities
who shared their time, insights, ideas, and images to create Orchid:
Bourgeois, Kim Calabretta, Beth Foyle, Lauren Howard, Angela Langley,
Annette Lauber, Margaret Lucus, Sarah Mayfield, Roxie Oakes, Lara
Parker, Donna Permar, Caroline Thomas, Dianne Tyson, Lorraine Woodward
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