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Chapter 4: Understanding your body

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HealthWiki > A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities > Chapter 4: Understanding your body


a woman in a wheelchair, a woman with no hands, a short woman, and an average height woman.
These 4 women's bodies may look different from each other, but they all go through the same changes.

It is important to understand how your body works. The more you know about your body, the better able you will be to take care of yourself. When you understand your body and your normal changes, you will be able to recognize if something happens because of your disability or if it is a normal change that happens to all women. This will also help you decide for yourself if the advice others give you is helpful or harmful.