Summary Of Carnal Acts By Nancy Mairs

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In the essay, “Carnal Acts”, Nancy Mairs speaks about the difficulties of coping with MS and how her voice as a writer helped her through it. At first, she has difficulty making a connection between dealing with multiple sclerosis and how she discovered her voice as a writer. After deliberating for weeks about the connection between these two very different aspects in her life she gets to the realization that they are connected. She first describes the difficulties of dealing with MS and societies perception of a woman with a disability. Then she talks about the struggle of coping with the shame she feels about herself. Lastly, we learn she manages her shame by accepting who she is, a “flawed crippled body”, and realizing she has nothing

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