Cry From Inside

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I have worked directly with individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. I have also researched actual practices and attitudes of how people with intellectual, developmentally and physical disabilities were treated throughout history. I combined my fictional characters and settings with my research to compose this novella.

My purpose is to provide stability for people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities and to raise awareness and remove the negative stigma surrounding them.

Janet was born with a developmental disability. Like many others throughout history, she was shunned, hidden and locked away from society. Her younger sister Jennifer cannot comprehend why. She loves Janet and wants to be with her. Jennifer’s journey to be with her sister uncovers the harsh reality that people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities were exposed to throughout history. Can Jennifer help and make a difference for Janet and the others? Can she break the barriers and the negative stigma that have been attached to them throughout decades?

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Cry From Inside

Submitted: August 21, 2013

I have worked directly with individuals with developmental disabilities. I have also researched actual practices and attitudes of how people with developmentally disabled were treated throughout history. I combined my fictional characters and settings with my research to compose this novella. My purpose is to provide stability for people with developmental disabilities and to raise awareness and remove the negative stigma surrounding them.


Janet was born with a developmental disability. Like many others throughout history, she was shunned, hidden and locked away from society. Her older sister Jennifer cannot comprehend why. She loves Janet and wants to be with her. Jennifer’s journey to be with her sister uncovers the harsh reality that people with developmental disabilities were exposed to throughout history. Can Jennifer help and make a difference for Janet and the others? Can she break the barriers and the negative stigma that have been attached to them throughout decades?
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Submitted: September 10, 2013

Six Years Later As time progressed and holidays came and went, the mention of Janet became like a secret that was swept under the m... Read Chapter

Submitted: September 26, 2013

My heart felt like it was going to pound out of my chest and my palms were sweating, as I slowly drove down the long dirt road that led... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 12, 2013

As I entered the room, I caught a glimpse of the sun shining through the only window. One of her roommates was staring outside through ... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 25, 2013

Janet stood up and pointed to her mouth, referring to eat. She placed her hand around my wrist and led me down the hall in the other di... Read Chapter

Submitted: November 01, 2013

Janet took my wrist and led me down a long hallway and a flight of steps to the sitting area. Residents were tightly squeezed on the ta... Read Chapter

Submitted: November 16, 2013

We headed back to the sitting room. Enough people got up from the couch leaving Janet and I a little elbow room. We sat between thr... Read Chapter

Submitted: November 22, 2013

I strolled down the empty, dimly lit hall on brown and beige tile flooring. At the end were two tall rectangular windows. I stood in fr... Read Chapter

Submitted: November 24, 2013

I refreshed my makeup, brushed my hair and signed back in. The wait in the lobby was longer than anticipated. So I decided to occupy my... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 12, 2013

We made a few turns down the hallway that led to another cottage, back to the community dining area for lunch. Janet stood still in... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 18, 2013

The sun was shining bright through the bars causing a stream of floating dust.  The noise level was becoming elevated as most peop... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 26, 2013

The dining area was pretty much cleared out, besides a few stranglers. A thin middle aged woman with short, jet black, matted hair was ... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 03, 2014

I drove back through the endless miles of roadway. Not paying too much attention to where I was going or if there was anyone or anythin... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 14, 2014

Mom woke me when she entered with a serving tray of Caesar salad, chicken breast and hot tea. She reached over and turned on my black a... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 23, 2014

I tossed  and turned all night. I couldn’t get my mind off Janet, her room mates and the place they were forced to call home. I ... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 29, 2014

I left the house a little too early. I strolled around the local drug store to pass time. I opened the lid to Mr. Bubbles bubble bath a... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 04, 2014

I wanted to dig deeper. However, the books contained only so much information. So I decided to spend time in the microfiche room. There... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 14, 2014

I was pleased to uncover the detestable truth, even though it made me angry. I threw my bag on the passenger seat. The car door remaine... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 25, 2014

“One minute!” I heard when I knocked on the restroom door. I leaned against the wall and glanced at the fire extinguisher, hanging ... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 27, 2014

I was awakened by the clinking of champagne glasses, as everyone toasted my father. Mom prepared another elegant dinner party for his c... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 27, 2014

I freshened up scrunching my fingers through my saturated hair. I rummaged through and wished my bag contained a change of clothes. The... Read Chapter

Submitted: September 16, 2014

I felt uneasy throughout the night. I tossed and turned, bothered about how Janet acted differently, and did not know me when I returne... Read Chapter