Being Able-Bodied Is Not My Goal #CerebralPalsy #Disability #Ableism #medical System
Being able-bodied is the goal. That is something disabled people have heard for decades, of course not in those words because whoever said that out loud would be considered a monster but pretty close. Whether it's the physical therapist pulling you to stand, just for you to fall back down a second later until you get a second of stability. All that for a second. The doctor: pushing you to do the newest experimental treatment even though you're still sore from the last one. The occupational therapist acting like you’re your body will be ruined because you asked for one less session a week to join a club. The doctor: dilly dallying to write the script for your wheelchair because he wants to try crutches for a little while longer, even though you already explained the wheelchair would not be full time. Or the physical therapist warning against getting a wheelchair because it will take away any motivation you have to walk independently. Saying you’ll never walk again. Being as able-bodied as possible is the goal, but this needs to end. I’m not saying disabled people like myself should give up but I’m done chasing being abled bodied when I’m gonna keep coming up short. Goals should be attainable, so my goals are feeling comfortable in my body, feeling strong, minimizing pain, letting my disability exist. Society has pushed this idea onto the disabled community by the non-disabled people because they can’t comprehend living another way. So, next time you feel people pushing this toward you I hope you remember you can make your own goals.