Ode to a Diet Coke; Disability, Choices and Control
Jimsam Incorporated Publishing, Aug 1, 2008 - 272 pages
"Bobbi Linn is a fi ghter and has been for the more than 40 years I have had the privilege to know her - fi ghting against discrimination based on disability and fi ghting the depression that tries to overpower her, taking her away from her work as a leader in the Independent Living Disability Rights Movement. Her dynamic spirit and keen intellect empower her again as she experiences a life-threatening blow to her independence. In Ode to a Diet Coke, she shares with us in descriptive prose the jolting experiences which land her in the hospital, a rehabilitation unit and then threaten to keep her in a nursing home." ~ Judith Heumann Co-Founder, Berkeley Center for Independence Co-Founder, World Institute on Disability
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Graphically illustrates the danger of institutionalization. Medical events transform Linn from a hard-working, employed advocate and leader into an abused inmate of a nursing home. The Diet Coke of the title represents her ability to determine how and when she will lead her life. Her formerly iron will is ground down by the powerlessness that nursing homes impose on their residents (so as to make them manageable). No Diet Cokes are drunk.
Linn fearlessly explores these changes, writing out the mental transformation that most people would conceal. Heartbreaking and important, especially for people who work in the disability business, deciding our fates and determining our treatment plans.