HAVING BEEN DECLARED DISABLED—I FOUGHT IT FOR TWO YEARS UNTIL I COULDN’T DO THE NEXT AVAILABLE JOB ANYMORE—I STILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE WHY I CAN’T DRIVE (PARKINSON’S, DIABETES, EYESIGHT). BUT THEY DO SEE MY CANE AND HOW I WALK AND BREATHE. EXPLAINING CHRONIC DEPRESSION, HOWEVER—IS MY DYNAMIC DISABILITY! WE FEEL FOR YOU, ABIGAIL!
I’ve written a lot about labels and fitting into groups of people or feeling a part of a group of people. I think that means I think about it a lot. Bottom line, as I’ve said over and over, belonging and feeling accepted is fundamental and words/labels really do matter, especially when you are a person who doesn’t fit neatly into a category.
Who fits neatly into a category?
Anyway, I digress but the obvious answer is NO, no person fits neatly into one category unless they create that category specifically for themselves.
In 2017, after I had lived with MBC for 90 days, I qualified for private disability income under an insurance policy that we’d purchased when I was still young and healthy. In 2018, after I had lived with MBC for five (5) months, I qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) income because of all the funds…
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