Lucy Goncalves - An Able Soul

Lucy Goncalves wrote Able Soul to share how her faith and positive mindset help her accomplish her goals while dealing with the realities of cerebral palsy (Photo: Able Soul Instagram)

By Spencer van Vloten

BC Disability

August 12th, 2021

In Able Soul, author Lucy Goncalves recounts how her faith helped her overcome barriers, focus on her strengths, and positively frame the challenges she faces living with cerebral palsy.

This mindset has helped her achieve her goals in the community, as a writer, and even as a skydiver!

We talked with Lucy about how she's developed her able soul.


Tell us about yourself Lucy

Lucy: Most of my childhood, I lived in Kitimat, and I was the first student with a disability who graduated high school there.

I moved to Vancouver to pursue post-secondary education, and worked as bookkeeper and in tax preparation. I’ve volunteered on the boards of North Shore Disability Resource Centre, InterFit, and Disability Alliance BC.

I also enjoy reading, community activities, going to the gym, and outdoor recreation. I've been hiking with a trail rider, skydiving, water skiing, sailing, and rock climbing.

Why did you want to write Able Soul?

Lucy: One of my goals in writing this book was to be completely honest and transparent. I discussed some of the realities of having cerebral palsy. I also make fun of myself. It’s important to have a sense of humor. A survival skill that every person needs.

It’s important to have a sense of humor. A survival skill that every person needs.

Although we have different experience as people with disabilities, we can all relate on some level. I hope readers are encouraged and understand they're not alone.

For each life story I tell, I’ve written a prayer that's conversational, as I have a personal relationship with God. I hope it will help the readers find a deeper connection with their own faith.

How has your faith affected your perspective as a person with a disability?

Lucy: Having a relationship with God has given me a profound sense of self-acceptance.

It's challenging to live up to society's standards, and I've often felt the needed to prove my intelligence because I have a speech impediment. With God, I feel unconditional love.