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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#BehindTheBlogger -- I'm Proud to Be...

#BehindTheBlogger -- I'm Proud to Be...

For this week’s installment of #BehindtheBlogger, it’s all about being proud of who you are. Most people are probably going to be writing about being American (or some other nationality) being we just came off of the 4th of July holiday.

But I’m not… that’s not to say I’m NOT proud to be an American, because I most certainly am. However, I decided to take a different approach to this week’s topic.

I’m proud to be disabled.

Most people wouldn’t admit to that. There’s this ‘stigma’ around being disabled that we should be ashamed of it.

But I’m not.

I was raised to embraced it. Mommy raised me that my disability did not define me. She raised me that I could do anything I put my mind to, even if it was slower or a different way than most people. As long as the end result was the same, who cared how it got done?

And that way of thinking got me through 23 years of my life, doing pretty well. I led a full life, going places and doing things that able-bodied people were doing.

I mean, not many disabled people have the nerve, much less the chance to try out for football cheerleading (and this is one of my most treasured high school memories, even though I didn’t make the squad).

And then, I moved to NY and things went downhill. I really can only blame one person for this…


I’m not sure if he’s from the ‘old’ way of thinking, that disabled people should be locked away, or if he thinks because I call his daughter ‘Mama’ now and I’m ‘polluting his gene pool,’ but he makes me feel like I should be ashamed to have Cerebral palsy.

I’m constantly told I’m ret*rded (even though my CP affects the physical lobes of my brain, not the mental lobes) and other negative comments to do with my disability.

I’m constantly being… for lack of a better word, ‘bullied’ because I use a walker or arm crutches to get around.

Basically, I’m reminded every day that I should be ‘ashamed’ of being disabled.

But I refuse to be.

I’m PROUD to be disabled… it’s what makes me, me!

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