I am a disabled person, not a person with a disability because if I have to explicitly tell someone that I am a person, I have further dehumanized myself.
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For 20 years I had no idea what those “wonderful things” my Mother had told me I could still do were until one day at the pool a little boy said he felt sorry for me as I sat on the steps not swimming. I decided right then and there that I would stop watching the world and start participating in it.
Believe me, nothing about being in a wheelchair or needing a titanium frame is a luxury. Wheelchairs are expected to last from three to five years before insurance covers another. My wheelchair is part of me. It gets a lot of wear and tear and needs to be replaced more often than insurance allows. I could go on and on. I am not a complainer. I do, however, feel the need to inform decision-makers that it’s time to ask questions, do research, investigate issues that desperately need to be addressed in all aspects of healthcare, not just insurance, both locally and nationally.
“If we all stopped for 10 seconds and thought truthfully about ourselves, I think we would all come up with disabled aspects within our own lives. My hope for being a part of the shoot is to highlight the equality we all share, and to get beyond the outward disabilities some of us have more than others. We are all broken a bit, but if we all act as part of the “village”, we are helping to lift some up while others help to lift us up.”