Back when I started my jc one of my first college professors apologized when I told her that I had Cerebral Palsy.
When I introduced myslef to my Psychology teacher this summer and told him I have CP, He did the same thing
Now before I move on I want to say that both
of these people were well intentioned. The first professor and I are now friends on fb and she has helped me out a lot this past year. I also am enjoying my summer class and the professor is very nice and understanding of my recent history.
But to get back to my topic. When people apologize for my disability it does not feel good. Imagine if someone said sorry for a characteristic about you. Having Cerebral Palsy is a part of me. Its been around for long as I can remember. It has been with me and has given me more reasons to celebrate. Because some things come harder then the average person, I get to have more celebration when I achieve them. I do not mourn CP because its a part of me. Does CP make my life hard at times yeah. Are there times I desire normalcy? Yeah but happly the feeling does not last long . I am not broken. I do not think that we need to invest money in trying to prevent others like me. I am amazing. I bring joy and laughter to those around me. I have a unique perspective of the world because of my disabilities and experiences. note the quote below is my own about disabilities particulary CP and NVLD. *****OCD is different as the condition itself causes me unwanted stress. *****
|I have hope but am not mourning CP.|
The hardest part about being disabled is not the disability itself. It is much harder to live in a world that does not see your life as having value. It is much harder to deal with ableism and discrimination that comes with disabilities. AZ