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Reflections on Disability: Shame On Me

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Reflections on Disability: Shame On Me

Some people thrive on other people’s pity. When the ground began crumbling underneath my feet, and  the doctors couldn’t tell what was wrong with me, people felt sorry for me. I didn’t soak in all the attention, on the contrary, all the focus aimed at me made me ashamed of myself, my illness, and I whittled underneath the onslaught of all the sympathy.

Foolish, you might say, but  it could be suggested that  many people with a disability out there feel this way.

An illness is not something to be ashamed of, a disability not an embarrassing trait. But shame on those that do think this, or if it takes someone a very long time to understand this. Even if in our heads we  know it, understand the words, in our hearts maybe we feel… faulty.

life  can flop  a complete 180 degree spin. From popular, just finishing  high school, and on the brink of starting college, to doctor appointments, strong prescription drugs, even chemo therapy disgested in tiny, yellow pills.

It can take some time, but  with a disability you will finally at some point understand  that standing on the shadow of  what was will do no good, and that if  you want to live,  you need  to own up to who you are, and start casting a new shadow.

You have a disability, don’t let the disability have you.

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Jina was born in a small town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she had a fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that eventually caused her to go blind. Currently she lives in the middle east with her mother and three kids.

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