Ever since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities. But is it possible that showing such positivity could mask our daily hardships to the point that the urgency for a cure is diminished?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important that society knows that we are more able than most would imagine. But sometimes it feels like that is the only message we’re getting out. What about the desire for a cure?
I often see news stories or shows such as “Push Girls” where some with this injury claim that they wouldn’t go back and change it if they could. That’s great in a lot of ways, but I personally want society to know that 99 percent of us don’t feel that way. That we want a cure and we want it now.
Many nondisabled people say it’s the worse thing that they could ever imagine happening to them, but I think they look at us and see someone who is “strong and triumphant” simply because we have chosen to live life as we did before.
They look at it as though we have outsmarted our injury. The battle has been won because we are generally positive. Behind closed doors, however, is a battle you do not see. Choosing to survive does not mean we are OK with what’s happened, nor does it mean we’re not suffering.
While not being able to walk is obviously a huge conc