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Blogging Against Disablism Day 2012: This Is How I Roll

1st May 2012

Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day, 2012.

I am disabled.  Mostly by society.

I am on wheels.  Everyone should know this by now.  Regular readers, anyone who reads my About page, people I’ve worked with, laughed with, gotten lost with, my parents and the man who loves me.  That’s everyone.

What people may not know is this:  I am totally OK with it.  My CP means that I will never run a marathon.  I may drive one, though.  It means I don’t go to the gym.  I probably should, but I don’t have to.  I can do laps around my house, or push my myself uphill.  Or over cobbles.

I’m never going to walk down the aisle, but  I may get funky new wheels for the occasion.  I don’t care how I get there, I’m more about the the man at the end, and the people there with us.

Yes, CP sometimes sucks.  So do taxes.  Taxes are worse.

Other posts from where I sit:

Yes, I’m The Bride.  Who Are You?

I Don’t Sleep With My Colleagues

No Love In An Elevator

The Art of Patience

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  • Reply Hippie Cahier 1st May 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I wish I had known this and as I often do, I wish I had kept my post about how my father came to be NotElvis.

    May is also ALS Awareness month and your idea of funky wheels for the wedding reminded me of another bright spirit who . . . well, rolled with it: http://wp.me/p1wS2d-N8 .

    • Reply LKD 3rd May 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Beautiful piece, Hipster. Thanks for sharing your words.

  • Reply Penny Richards (@PennamitePLR) 1st May 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Visiting on the BADD tour. Your line “Yes, CP sometimes sucks. So do taxes. Taxes are worse” reminded me of an Australian writer, Dorothy Cottrell (1902-1957), who also used a wheelchair after surviving polio. She said, “Certainly I would like to be able to walk, but if the good fairy of old stories offered me the one gift, the ability to walk would not be the thing I would ask for. More years with my husband than I may normally expect, the ability to write better–a dozen things–would come before it.”
    http://disstud.blogspot.com/2007/07/july-16-dorothy-cottrell-1902-1957.html

    • Reply LKD 3rd May 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Penny. I had never heard of Dorothy. But she was a wise woman. There are a few things I’d like to change in this world, my CP is not one of them.

  • Reply NTE 1st May 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Another great BADD post – pithy & to the point!

    • Reply LKD 3rd May 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Pithy is one of my favourite words. And so, I thank you!

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  • Reply danbalva 2nd May 2012 at 7:47 am

    Great post! I would also like to nominate you for the HUG award!
    See http://hurdlestohappiness.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/the-hug-award/ and
    http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ for guidelines! Congratulations!! ☺ Best, Dan

  • Reply Carol 2nd May 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Disabled you are not – you simply roll through life rather than stumble through it. Your brain works exceptionally well, your heart pumps as it should, you have a man you love and who loves you beside you – that is enough. That is all one could hope for. You are.

  • Reply Vaneeesa Blaylock 2nd May 2012 at 3:58 pm

    “I am disabled. Mostly by society.”

    Wow. 6 of the most beautiful, powerful, honest, control-taking words ever.
    Amazing.
    You give me hope and pride and courage.

    • Reply LKD 3rd May 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you, Vaneesa! If you’d like more info on the social model of disability, the wiki page is here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_model_of_disability

      • Reply Vaneeesa Blaylock 3rd May 2012 at 11:34 pm

        great article LKD! TY for the reference! 🙂

        I don’t think education alone would fix *everything* but I do think it would help SO much. I think education, familiarity, understanding, dissolving mystery and fear… that’d go so far toward building a more inclusive, less chauvinistic culture for all of us.

  • Reply Ruth Madison (@RuthMadison82) 3rd May 2012 at 7:20 pm

    LOVE

    • Reply LKD 3rd May 2012 at 7:39 pm

      And I love your wheels! Thanks for the comment, nice to meet you!

  • Reply barefoot_med_student 5th May 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Stunning – especially “taxes are worse”, that made me laugh. There are always worse things – like taxes, which I’ll have to do one day. So thanks for the reminder.

  • Reply Classic Mommy 7th May 2012 at 4:34 pm

    What a great outlook to have! And you’re absolutely right – it doesn’t matter how you get down the aisle so long as the man that you love is waiting for you! And… taxes suck! 🙂

  • Reply GirlWithTheCane 8th May 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Here on the BADD Tour. This is the first time I’ve ever read your blog…I can tell from your short piece that you’re just awesome. 🙂

    • Reply LKD 8th May 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you! You’re pretty cool, too!

  • Reply Sundry 8th May 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I adore you. Love the first two sentences especially.

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