International disabled Person's Day... thank God this exists. I mean how else would I be able to get the word out there? That I'm still a human being with 100% mental capacity to make my OWN decisions. I may be in a wheelchair, but that won't stop me going to the gym. I may lose my sight and as lonely as it can be, I'm just grateful for the people around me, the people who make an effort to understand my disability.
Yes... I wear a hearing aid. Does that mean I'm completely deaf? No it doesn't!
Those with diabetes have to go through the daily struggle of people assuming 'they ate too much sugar as a child'. NO. That is not always the case. Those with type 1 diabetes had their pancreas fail through no fault of their own, it is an auto-immune disease!
And guess what... you don't have to be fat to have type 2 Diabetes! Madness, right? So many assumptions, so many untrue.
Some who use a wheelchair can actually stand and even walk short distance. They're not a 'benefits abuser' if they decide to stand up once in a while.
Those who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, guess what!? Doctor's aren't lying when they say it lies on a spectrum. No person with Autism is the exact same as another with Autism.
Those with ADHD aren't 'badly behaved children's, they have a condition that affects them on a day to day basis!
Those who suffer with mental health problems aren't going to hurt you or bring you down. I know many with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD etc. And some are the loveliest people I have ever met.
Those who suffer with chronic pain... you know it's real right? Ask us if we're in pain today, we are ALWAYS in pain. But when we have our good days, the pain is only usually mild/moderate and that is normal for us.
And please don't assume that those with disability cannot have good days when it comes to their health. If I feel strong enough to go clubbing then I will.
If you offer to push my wheelchair and I decline the offer, that does not mean you can proceed to push me any way. I know you think you're being a nice person, but at that point, I have withdrawn my consent. I will ask for help when I need it.
My body doesn't function as well as it should, but that doesn't mean I don't have any talents, dreams or ambition. International Disabled Person's Day needs to happen, we need to get rid of these stereotypes and start seeing each other as equals.