A disability may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental or some combination of these.
Many people would rather be referred to as a person with a disability instead of handicapped. "Cerebral Palsy: A Guide for Care" at the University of Delaware
University of Delaware
The university is organized into seven colleges:* College of Agriculture and Natural Resources* College of Arts and Sciences* Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics* College of Earth, Ocean and Environment* College of Education and Human Development...

 offers the following guidelines:
An individual may also qualify as disabled if he/she has had an impairment in the past or is seen as disabled based on a personal or group standard
Convention (norm)
A convention is a set of agreed, stipulated or generally accepted standards, norms, social norms or criteria, often taking the form of a custom....

 or norm
Norm (sociology)
Social norms are the accepted behaviors within a society or group. This sociological and social psychological term has been defined as "the rules that a group uses for appropriate and inappropriate values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. These rules may be explicit or implicit...


But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?

Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar 1991

Adversity does teach who your real friends are.

Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999

The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.

Native American proverb

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

Kenji Miyazawa

I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.

Max Lerner

A positive attitude might not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. --Herm Albright

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

Alphonse Karr

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Frederick Keonig

I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy as long as I can paint.

Frida Kahlo

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin