Disabled, not always immobile.

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Many people, like myself, have serious degenerative conditions that vary from minute to minute and I urge people to try to understand that disabilities are not always visible. While I may be able to stand unaided for a few moments, I may be ready to topple over from a pinched nerve in my lower spine the next. Comments such as, "she's only disabled when she wants to be", "using aids make you lazy", and "we get rather tired of the "disability" tag being trotted out-it does not seem to  stop you doing a great number of things-more than many people..." I have an adapted car with a hoist for lifting my rollator frame into the rear boot, and use grab sticks and sock aids in order to get dressed and pick things up from the floor. I'd be in a care home without them because I'm unable to bend or lift and cleaning is out of the question. Getting out and about is healthy for me, especially if I'm able to exercise in the pool or ride my motor assisted trike, but even then people accuse me of not being disabled because they don't understand why I still do somersaults in the pool, and I'm not immobilised, staying at home to get fat, nor using a motor scooter instead. I've always been active, used to love to walk, swim and travel but my continued spine deterioration led me to give up most of it. I do what I can and refuse to be beaten. There are many people like me so please spread the word. "Without compassion, the motives of anyone in a position of authority, are questionable? J. Wilson



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