• Pages:296
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Disability, Spinal Cord Injury, Ableism, Rehabilitation
  • Pub Date:09/27/2022

A collision with a moose on a dark highway left Susan Mockler with an incomplete spinal injury, suddenly compromising her ability to walk and to care for herself. She spent months in a rehabilitation facility learning how to adjust to her new reality, and though her body partially recovered, every aspect of her life changed.

Fractured is a compelling illumination of the challenges of acquired disability and the ways in which people with disabilities are sidelined and infantilised. Mockler, a psychotherapist, speaks with frank honesty about her family and friends’ reactions to her injury, and the hard-won lessons that she and those around her learned from her experience.

"It was a delight to read this compelling work by Disabled peer, Susan Mockler. The style kept me engaged and enraged with its reminders of how society is not set up for Disabled people—and not just in physical ways… I appreciated Fractured for normalizing Disability, sharing lived experience, and guiding readers though the process of uncovering internalized and external ableism.”

– The Skeleton Press