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I Am Disabled

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    I Am a Disabled Veteran.

    I served my country with pride and honor,now I sit and wonder why I served at all. I was dianosed with sever PTSD,Sleep Apnea(I have and use the CPAP machine),Due to my knees,lower back,and neck problems(all as a result of either being injured or wounded in combat) I can't do...
    hillbillydaddy hillbillydaddy 36-40, M 8 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    Disabled For Life At 30

    Next month is my 5th anniversary. I cannot it has been this long already. I first got arach from a botched epidural for childbirth. I came home from the hospital with TWO gifts that day. A precious, beautiful, perfect baby girl.. And a lifelong disability and curse of the worst...
    DawnMG DawnMG 31-35, F Sep 12, 2013

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    Growing up with a disability teaches you independance

    .I've been disabled since I was 7 years old. I had a blood clot in my brain caused by a head injury and that has resulted in permanent paralysis of my left side. Growing up with this condition has meant that I've learnt to do things with one hand that other people need two hands...
    SamSungGuy SamSungGuy 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    Ain'T That A Shot In The Aspirations!

    Hey folks! I searched Lonely, Alone, Disabled and up this site pops! Hi, I'm Eric, 51, Divorced in the Roanoke VA. Six years ago, as a rare reaction to a Tetanus Booster, I developed something alot like MS- they call it CIDP- Chronic Inflammatory...
    Heronemus Heronemus 46-50 1 Response May 16, 2013

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    My Experiences

    I am disabled man. I was born in deep socialism in Poland. What is more, I was born in the Easter Monday. I was growing up normally as the other kind up till 11 month of life. One good doctor looked I walk a bit slower than the other children in this age. And..it spread out I...
    michalmos michalmos 26-30, M 7 Responses Feb 27, 2013

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    You know one of things people assume

    because one is disabled they think we have sad and lonely lives, which is far from the truth. Sure, my life may be very difficult at times and often times wrongly discriminated against but it doesn't mean I'm a sad and lonely person. I live a very happy and tranquil life which...
    divinegimp divinegimp 22-25 3 Responses Jan 12

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    I Am Who I Am

    Hey everyone,I just turned 29 years old and I was born with Cerebral Palsy.  Hemi Cerebral Palsy, meaning that one side of my body is affected.  My right arm droops down, and I basically have no use of it.  I mean, I can grasp things; little things like pencils, but only for a...
    jlynnaz jlynnaz 26-30, F 6 Responses Jan 22, 2011

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    Many Disabilities

    I got Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which gets on my nerves because I can't do normal things like other people can do. I dream of travelling and having children one day, which might, just might not be possible. Doctors has warned me against getting pregnant. I also have Autism...
    Shyaeme Shyaeme 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 4, 2013

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    I May Be Disabled But I Still Have My Life!

    My disability is mostly neurological of unknown cause. Its possible that it was due to the circumstances of my birth. Although I was a reasonable weight I didnt cry at birth and my breathing was almost completely absent - I was resuscitated by an old matron who used a...
    Dragonlady1971 Dragonlady1971 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 16, 2012

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    I Don't Want To Be Called A Free Loader For Being On Disability

    I have been on disability for 2 years now and I hate it. I am enrolling in school in the spring to help me get a career because I can't stand this. No one wants to be on disability it's the worst but people act like I'm just lazy because my main disability is psychiatric and I...
    Janeasha Janeasha 22-25 5 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    Unsuspected

    I never expected to be disabled in my life. I woke up in a hospital unaware of my surroundings. My parents were with me in the room and I was puzzled why they were there or better than that why I was in a hospital. Basically, I had a accident and I got hit with a vehicle. I...
    TheManThatYouFear1996 TheManThatYouFear1996 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 11, 2013

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    Disabled But Not Giving Up

    I suffer from PTSD after a accident 6 years ago, i was burnt with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 80% of my body. Still have pain everyday, going to college to further my education, want to work again and get off disability
    Goldwing244ricky Goldwing244ricky 51-55, M 6 Responses Jul 7, 2012

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    So .. Before I post on here

    and I was looking for love .. Well .. after doing some soul searching and trying to get my life in order I have come across a nice man who is very caring and understanding .. He's someone I wouldn't of dreamed about meeting and since then I have been in the " is this real...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    Hey You

    Yes, you, stop being unhappy with yourself. you are perfect. stop wishing you looked like someone else or wishing peopel liked you as much as they like someone else. stop trying to get attention from those who hurt you. stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your...
    DeafSocial DeafSocial 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 9, 2012

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    Devastated In Every Aspect Of My Life...still In Mourning (after 7 Years ) Of My Old Life And My Old Self

    My brain bleed happened on 7/21/05 (34 yrs old). I was having a very bad day.Late for work , flat tire, no cell phone, high heels, hot day. I can go on. but you get the picture. finally someone stopped to help me on the side of the freeway (guardian angel?) when i got back on the...
    mrsbuttonpusher mrsbuttonpusher 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    Feeling Lonely At The Moment.

    I am 18 years old from England, when i was 11 it was discovered that i needed a heart transplant up until then i had no problems, i had it in june 06 the same year. After that everything went downhill i have developed many problems since i have been wheelchair bound for 7-8 years...
    laughlikenooneswatching laughlikenooneswatching 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20, 2013

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    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    A Fine Fall Day

    A beautiful fall Saturday. Two sorority sisters from my university days and three of my good friends are gong to hike into the woods and climb to a small summit to look at the colors. An easy climb, a terrific view. A picnic is packed, sourdough bread I baked last night, cold...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    Now What????

    The journey for disability was a long and hard one. So now what??? I am disable..so what does that mean??? A disabled widow with nothing to look forward too it seems. I long to be able to go back to work. I dream of it while I sleep. I think about it through out the day..how...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta 51-55, F 2 Responses Aug 8, 2013

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    I Am Disabled, But Not Worthless!

    I suffered years of child abuse that left a toll on me. Also, I had a predisposition for schizophrenia and the right set of circumstances brought it out. i had my first psychotic episode the second semester of my freshman year and had to leave school. My family rejected me and I...
    TolstoiFan TolstoiFan 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 9, 2011

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    Disabled And Looking For Love

    Hi , I am short stature and I walk with a cain and have dislocated hips . I have a rare condition called clocalextrophy. I am a grad student and currently getting my counseling lic. I am very sucessful but the one thing I am not happy with is my love life . I haven't been with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 22, 2013

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    Shopko

    So ShopKo. Its big and confusing. I don't like it that much. Anyway I went there with my mom. She wanted to look at clothes and I wanted to check out the prices on some toys because of upcoming birthday for my little cousin. Anyway we agreed to meet in the entry way after our...
    McGamefamily McGamefamily 36-40 2 Responses Oct 22, 2012

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    Disabled Mind

    I don't have any physical disabilities but i feel like i am disabled by my mind. Nobody can see i have a problem without knowing me and without talking to me. Sometimes i can't hide the fact i have problems because I think and believe strange things ... other times i see things...
    deadinsideout deadinsideout 26-30, F 8 Responses Sep 21, 2013

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    Invisible Disability

    I have fibromyalgia. For those of you who do not know, that means I get pain. Lots of pain. it;s unpredictable and no one knows what really causes it. It just means I have chronic, intense pain. I have a handicapped placard for days I have flare ups. Often my pain occurs in my...
    charbakes charbakes 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 11, 2013

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    I Have Always Wished I Knew What It Was Like To Run!

    This only describes my physical own disability and not how I feel about myself or disabilities overall. I was born with my disability so I have never known anything else, I didn’t become paralyzed in a crash like one of my best friend’s I have had for the last 31 years, I...
    Chelebub Chelebub 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 7, 2013

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    Hi

    i am Disabled i need to use a walking stick to get around i Hate the looks i get at times
    shyscottishbbw shyscottishbbw 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 18, 2013

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    Walking, Flying, Wheels.

    We had just finished our vehicle and equipment check, when "Spotter" my fellow Paramedic, asked if i'd like a cup of tea, I declined, prefering instead to drink a can of "Zero" coke, as it was such a warm afternoon. It was the 1st of July 2010, and we had just started our late...
    Woodwose Woodwose 46-50, M 4 Responses Jul 7, 2012

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    Disabled Yet Driving

    I hate having a disability. For starters, I can't do everything normal people can. I can't ride a bike, swim, or walk long distances without getting tired. And on top of that, Growing up was very hard. I was shown love the tough way. My father overlooked the fact that I have a...
    latinounico latinounico 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 22, 2012

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    I Have Spastic Diplegia

    I try not to let my disability rule my life but from time to time its good to talk with others who really understand what it is liuke getting through life with cerebral palsy. My CP mainly affects the lower part of my body causing tension in my legs. I also have some limitations...
    sandrajancis sandrajancis 26-30, F 8 Responses Dec 22, 2011

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    A Summary Of My Life Story

    I am a 43 year old female and was born a little person with dislocated hips. I am the only LP in my family; therefore, I was not raised around any other LPs. I manage rather well despite my small stature (3'9"). I am the baby of the family and I was the only one to graduate high...
    TynyWonder TynyWonder 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2012

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    Im Disabled Severly But Still Alive Barely, Deeply Depressed

    i was struck down to a wheelchair last December due to spastic hemiparesis, able to amove my left leg, ive attempted suicide twice but failed due to my disability, i have viral disease called PML(basically a viral stroke or viral CP) which i got from my MS drug called Tysabri, i...
    absolutelycrippled absolutelycrippled 22-25, M 4 Responses Aug 25, 2012

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    Living Alone As Paraplegic Sucks...

    I had a girlfriend, when i had my operation. She was caring, fun loving and we was like forever together no matter what. but every thing changed later.I thought it wouldn't bother her if i tell her that m paraplegic. so i told my brother to tell her everything . when she came to...
    raj948 raj948 18-21, M 5 Responses Aug 30, 2012

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    Disabled But Denied

    Yesterday I got the LETTER OF DENIAL!!!!My heart sank and all I could do was cry as I read they know my condition won't allow me to work as i have but I can find substantial employment. I have worked all my life, when I was a kid I worked in the bean fields to help my Mama buy...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta 51-55, F 12 Responses Jan 25, 2012

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    I am a disabled vietnam veteransI lost

    both my legs in Vietnam December 30th 1969
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 4

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    Being A Kid And Being Disabled.

    I am a 14 year old girl, my name is Meg and I am currently fighting an illness that attacks my nervous system and joints. I can no longer walk, i am wheelchair bound, and my hands are strapped up. I have an operation coming up on the 10th October to try and fix my left hand...
    Meg1608 Meg1608 13-15, F 3 Responses Oct 5, 2012

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    I Am Learning Disabled

    and i have aspergers syndrom hope to fit in here sometimes i feel like a misfit that doesnt fit in anywere
    stuwebb2 stuwebb2 51-55, M 3 Responses Nov 9, 2011

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    A New Life

    As a woman who's lost bother her legs I just want to say to anyone who's disabled to hang on in there because life goes on and you start to reevaluate yourself. I've learned so much in the last few years. I've made far more mistakes than I should have done, but I hope I've gained...
    wheeliewoman wheeliewoman 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    I

    have osteoarthritis in both knees, so my mobility is extremely limited and painful. I have a blue badge for the disabled (UK).
    yawp yawp 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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    Disabled, Living Life Anyway

    I have been classified disabled, I have never let that stop me. I live my life jhust the same. I was criticaly wounded in Viet Nam, I was toldf I would never walk again. I walked off the airplane when I went home. I have PTSD, I was told that I would always see things different...
    RabbiDoc RabbiDoc 61-65, M 2 Responses Feb 20, 2008

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    Disabled and Lonely

    I wish I could say that I am one of the disabled people that you see that is so outgoing and go out and enjoy life with friends. It is only a dream for me. I have ms, I am not to the point that I can not walk, but it is getting worse all the time. I do not have the strength to go...
    yoreg yoreg 51-55, F 30 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    Lucky..Or Not?

    I'll start at the beginning...if you nod off I'll prod you with this stick *brandishes stick*. My mother was one of the many Canadian women who took a wonder drug back in the late 1960's...it was called Thalidomide and was widely proscribed. It did everything it's creator's...
    VonKessel VonKessel 41-45, M 4 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    Take A Picture It Lasts Longer

    I have a very rare condition called retinal degeneration and a retinal detachment in both eyes. Luckily the left eye spontaneously reattached itself. Because of the loss of vision I have absolutely no depth perception so I have a balance dog. Wherever I go I get stared at and...
    IRELAND7 IRELAND7 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 21, 2013

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    Me Too, Living With A Disability

    I deal with 12 years of RA, I am no longer able to maintain a job. That is good because I don't have to drag myself to work , when I feel like crap. however when you don't have a job, you have no power. I was an Rn, I was a director and bossed many people, but now my husband...
    downhill2 downhill2 51-55 1 Response Dec 10, 2012

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    Life With Pain & Loneliness Ehler Danlos Syndrome

    I live my life with such loneliness in my heart I am an attractive mum of 4 & my partner of 8yrs who i thought was perfect robbed me blind whilst i was struck down with this crippling syndrome & rare tumour 4yrs ago & on horrific doses of morphine with stupid memory loss he...
    Corinnestars Corinnestars 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 5, 2013

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    http://health.clevelandclinic.

    org/2014/01/greater-number-diseases-now-attributed-to-smoking/
    cronin43 cronin43 46-50, F Mar 14

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    Vampire Disease

    I have porphyria. My family used to joke about me being a vampire. But when I was diagnosed with porphyria I learned that it is where the myth of vampirism comes from. I can't even have garlic. It is hard to describe what IS wrong with me....there is so much. I guess the most...
    lostmarbles lostmarbles 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 18, 2013

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    I Am Sick Of Being Sick

    Every day seems like a new thing dor me, a new illness, new pain, new drugs I am so sick of hearing this will ease the pain I want to hear this is a cure for MS and Fibromyalgia. Love N Hugs to you all. I am sorry you all are Ill.
    Twilightsky Twilightsky 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 31, 2013

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    From A Walking Stick To A Walker, What Next?

    I have advanced in what seems like a short period of time from  a walking stick to a walker. Now what's up with this body??????I am so trying to accept this new way of life, oh yea its not new, just can't keep days, months are time period straight in my head.So tonight my niece...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta 51-55, F 4 Responses Apr 20, 2012

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    I Wasnt Always Like This...

    k. so, i hav cancer in my brain, the docs tried to remove it and they ****** up so now I'm disabled.
    BarelyAdulterated BarelyAdulterated 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    My Disability Finally Recognized

    For two years my life has forever been changed, as I went from working everyday to not moving for from the ole chair. Pain in the body all but unbearable, after the health was gone came sever depression and so the story goes. I had my day in court a few weeks ago, at the hearing...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta 51-55, F 3 Responses May 28, 2013

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    Punished For Not Being 100%

    Same old story with a twist.I sustained an injury at the work place a number of years ago and shortly thereafter lost that job. Two surgeries later I am not 100% but I feel perfectly capable of going on with my life.Fast forward a few years and an aborted attempt at college later...
    Kuroi Kuroi 31-35 Oct 29, 2013

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    Disabled

    I am a 36 year old man with Spina Bifida and also a Traumatic Brain injury.
    rch36 rch36 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 8, 2013

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    Lonely & Dating Services & Physically Disabled

    Ever sence I was 18ish (I'm 37 now) I have used dating sites as a means t meet people.  Being disabled in the real world means females you are intrested in romantically avoid you like the plague.  I have tested this notion and found it to be true oh about 100% of the time...
    hazlema hazlema 36-40, M 17 Responses Feb 14, 2011

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    I Wasnt Always Like This.

    .. k. so, i hav cancer in my brain, the docs tried to remove it and they ****** up so now I'm disabled. Sometimes I wish I died on that table... is life really worth living when people treat you as though you aren't right in the head? when you know you are never going to get any...
    BarelyAdulterated BarelyAdulterated 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    Related Experiences

    My aunt is disabled and I love her so much because even though no one can really understand what she's saying I feel like me and her have a special bond we have many things in...
    June4U June4U 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    My wife and I were married for just over a year and our son was just not even a year old when my wife became severely disabled from an anoxic brain injury. She was non responsive...
    tstanley2014 tstanley2014 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 30

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