Author, Advocate, Adventure Sport Enthusiast, Able Soul
Lucy Goncalves began her writing career by penning a sought-after blog, ‘Able Soul’ where she shares her life experiences of living with a disability, and in the midst of it found hope, faith, and the greatest love of all. Due a lack of oxygen at birth, Lucy acquired Cerebral Palsy. She uses a powerchair for mobility, wrestling with chronic muscle spasms, and has a speech impediment, yet has fought through these obstacles to tell her story. She is the epitome of overcoming adversity.
Lucy is the daughter of Portuguese Canadian immigrants from Northern Portugal. She was raised in Kitimat, British Columbia and has been living independently in North Vancouver for the past few decades. She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and has chaired several nonprofit boards, including the InterFit Society, an organization that exists to remove barriers for people with disabilities to access outdoor recreational adventures.
Anyone who has met Lucy Goncalves can attest to her radiant personality, intellect, quick wit, sense of adventure and to the depth of her character. In her book, she shares candid reflections of her life living with a disability, the abuse she encountered, and the freedom she found with God. She hopes that you too will discover your own AbleSoul story.
How I see Myself
On my Twitter page it says, “Loves God, life and adventure, is a bookkeeper. Oh btw, having Cerebral Palsy doesn’t mean you can’t rock climb! Just improvise so unreached possibilities are made attainable.” That sums it up in 140 characters.
I am Lucy, a passionate person who tries to live life with a deep faith and belief in all possibilities that are according to God’s will. I like to be creative and think outside the box.
At times I can be an airhead and I enjoy laughing at myself but I choose to live life with vulnerability and risks, believing that God will provide. From this perspective I consider my disability an asset because it has instilled a deep faith and reliance on God. I value my independence in society and my daily life but it is only achievable to the fullest with God’s anointing.
Even though I may have a disabled body that limits me in some capacities, my soul is able.
How God Sees Me
I am His child. I bring joy to Him. I am His messenger.
He sees the possibilities I don’t see. He does not define me by my imperfections. He makes my limitations into strengths. He uses me in ways to inspire and encourage others to illustrate His unconditional love and grace.
Peace and Hope
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:1-5 NIV