I Live With a Disability

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 347 People

    I was born three months early,

    as a result, I am totally blind. I also have some bladder issues. It has not stopped me in my career, or as a husband, or father.
    vjoev vjoev
    36-40, M
    1 Response Oct 14, 2014

    Please take a moment to sign this petition,

    I I became severely ill shortly before I was due to graduate from college. I was denied essential medication because the insurance company deemed it to be too expensive, Consequently, I began to have seizures, had a stroke which impaired my vision, and had complete kidney...
    sweetiepoo sweetiepoo
    26-30, F
    Jun 10, 2014
    Pittfan82 Pittfan82
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2015

    my name is Matt and I have cerebral palsy.

    This is my disability I've had since birth. I don't let it get me down because my mother passed away giving me life. my disability is a part of me but it's not the whole me if he'd like to get to know me just message me I work hard at everything I do and I don't want my...
    me0883 me0883
    22-25, M
    Feb 6, 2016

    I Have A Diasability

    hi i have a mild intellectual disability, short arm deletion of chromosome 18 hypothalami deficiency and short arm syndrome. and i hate it when people call me retard.
    gedwkim gedwkim
    36-40, F
    11 Responses Dec 2, 2009


    I was born with a condition called lymphangioma.  It affects my left hand, forearm, chest and side.  The easiest way to describe it is this: The lymph glands in my arm do not pump the fluid out of my arm and hand effectively.  This makes my hand and arm very...
    spillcanvasfan spillcanvasfan
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 6, 2010

    Is Your Disability Visible Or Not?

    I know I have a mental disability, & maybe physical. I had 2 strokes @ age 5. People tell me that they can tell that I (mentally) don't have it all. Meaning that a few screws are missing in my brain. They say I appear to be slow to them. Slow, as in mentally handicapped. They...
    otad12 otad12
    31-35, F
    10 Responses Jul 1, 2008

    Life In America Today

    I am a 50 year old woman, worked all my life, worked hard and long. I have become disabled to work and my body has turned against me. Every time I go to the doctor they find something else wrong. Called SS yesterday and my case won’t be looked at for another four months if then...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Oct 20, 2012

    Ok so a strange thing happened to me over the

    weekend. I was at the supermarket with my mum getting stuff for my bday party this weekend and as we were coming out the front door, this lady walks in as i'm going out. Jokingly my mum says to the woman " oh he didn't let you go first. that wasn't much of a gentleman, was it...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25
    31-35, M
    1 Response Dec 7, 2014
    Siwheels73 Siwheels73
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 11, 2014

    Cancer Survivor

    11 yrs. ago I was told I had less than a yr. I had breast cancer and it was at stage 4. Thank God I just couldn;t accept it. My mother was very sick, and we new she didn;t have long. It was like God told me it willl be fine,no worries. I had chemo surgery then chemo again, it...
    rene197 rene197
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Sep 21, 2009

    Depression And Anxiety

    Since I was probably about 12, these have been disabling for me. I just recently was able to incur disability payments. I don't plan on using this money for the rest of my life. But it is helping me put of a phenomenal hole right now. I know I will be disabled for the rest of...
    errantmind errantmind
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 23, 2013

    So today I am off to Sydney.

    Tomorrow morning I'm going into hospital to have a Botox procedure done that I've had a few time where they inject Botox In the bladder which helps my bladder and my one remaining kidney function well enough to keep me alive.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Apr 21, 2015

    I'm finding rhe nerve pain almost impossible

    the last 4 days I don't know what's happened. But the pain is traveling up my spinal chord in feels bigger and higher. now the lump at the back of my neck hurts. The nerve pain is hurting both hips. The burning in my left leg is increasing. I was sat on the floor reading...
    thesunshineparty thesunshineparty
    26-30, F
    Aug 17, 2015

    And it's one that can't be seen.

    .. which makes some people question whether I have a disability at all. But I do. It's real. It's debilitating. I'm not faking it.
    utahwriter utahwriter
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 28, 2014

    I'm Gabe I have a eye condition called

    nystagmus. although it prevents me from driving I'm still able to work and do normal things. I was never bullied or picked on people have always been kind to me and treated me like a normal person. for that I'm thankful.
    Niceguy890 Niceguy890
    26-30, M
    Feb 10, 2016

    My Disability

    I caught my disability in 2007 in October. I have been driving a semi for about 4 years, before that I was a School Bus Driver for 15 years. When I came home on October 13, 2007 I ate my dinner, and my brother took me to the hospital here in Streator, Illinois cause I couldn't...
    Davie50 Davie50
    51-55, M
    10 Responses Jun 28, 2011

    I am totally blind, I have been

    that way since I was three. I don't look at it as a disability as much is itis just an inconvenience. As a blind adult, there are some challenges that I face that the general public does not. There is nothing worse than feeling trapped because you can't go someplace, without the...
    vjoev vjoev
    36-40, M
    1 Response Dec 7, 2014

    Growing up with a mild case of cerebral palsy

    was a challenge as I saw my twin sister do things that I wanted to do but I couldn't due to my disability. So, yes it was tough but it has also made me the person I am today as I have overcome many obstacles that I thought were impossible! I have also had lots of support and...
    Alexp3 Alexp3
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 18, 2015

    Not Every Disability Is Visible !

    Not every disability is visible, and mine certainly isn't visible to anyone who hasn't seen my X-Rays or MRIs. My disability causes Chronic Severe Pain, a constant burning pain in my entire spine from Cervical to Lumbar, that increases to a sharp stabbing pain in addition to the...
    lingerieme lingerieme
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2012

    I have a condition called cerebral palsy.

    Fortunately it is one of the milder forms. That being said the arthritis that comes from the years of wear and tear has made it impossible to work like I could in the past. I am having some difficulty adjusting. I just want to know if anyone can relate and how they are handling...
    sd1972 sd1972
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Mar 19, 2015

    I am Nic 34 years old

    and live with Severe cerebral palsy paraplegia -Hypotonia and seizures disorder I have a lot of problems but I don't let them get me down. I live with my parents still and have a carer come in the mornings I go out most days.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 19, 2015

    It's better to live life like you have no

    disability. I have left hemiplegic cp, but u don't live my life suffering bc I can only use my right hand. I'm a cashier and I bag just as fast as all the other cashiers. So when someone looks at me and says "you bag as fast as all the other people" I look like a child whose...
    refuse2bnormal refuse2bnormal
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 14, 2015

    Pick One?

    Start with cripplingly bad Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  That's bad enough; leaving me shaking and sweating in flashbacks on a near-daily basis.  I'm not sure if the bipolar II is severe enough to be labeled disabling, but it sure is tough to live with.  Put the two of 'em...
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Aug 27, 2011

    I have a condition called right hemiparesis.

    It is a weakness (not paralyzed) of the right-side of my body. I've had a few surgeries when I was younger to improve my mobility. I'm a very active person; I work a full-time job (previously Yellowstone and currently Grand Canyon) camping/hiking - photography in my free time. I...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 7, 2015

    I Have A Diasability hi i have a mild

    intellectual disability, short arm deletion of chromosome 18 hypothalami deficiency and short arm syndrome. and i hate it when people call me retard.
    slivereyes slivereyes
    36-40, F
    Apr 28, 2014

    I Have A Diasability hi i have a mild

    intellectual disability, short arm deletion of chromosome 18 hypothalami deficiency and short arm syndrome. and i hate it when people call me retard.
    slivereyes slivereyes
    36-40, F
    7 Responses Oct 11, 2014
    Deuz Deuz
    22-25, M
    Dec 8, 2014

    From Being Highly Functional to Disability...

    I live with disability...permanent back injury, fibromyalgia and PT SD, so I cannot work as I used to...I was a travel agent and I was a published writer.  I will start writing something and one of the above ailments will have me bed ridden for a while, and I lose interest...
    csan csan
    61-65, F
    1 Response Jan 30, 2008

    My name is Anthony and I'm 23yrs old.

    I have a disability and I really don't feel disabled
    Anthony2400 Anthony2400
    22-25, M
    Feb 4, 2016

    I have a genetic heart mutation called HCM

    and need an ICD and medication. I can no longer work.
    JoCruze JoCruze
    56-60, T
    2 Responses Mar 15, 2015

    A medley of metal health issues

    and a couple of minor physical ones
    persononinternet persononinternet
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 12, 2014

    My Diabilities

    I guess you could say I live with disabilities... I have Borderline Personality Disorder - which is not a physical disability, but it still hinders how I live my life. I suffer panic attacks. I have ADHD. I have learning disabilities. I have...
    sabergirl08 sabergirl08
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 21, 2009

    I know my parents love me

    and everything but sometimes I feel like they treat me differently than my siblings because I have one. I feel like they don't respect me as much as them. sigh. other people have noticed it too.
    Niceguy890 Niceguy890
    26-30, M
    Mar 20, 2016

    i have a mild intellectual disability,

    short arm deletion of chromosome 18 hypothalami deficiency and short arm syndrome. Borderline Personality Disorder bladder bowl disorder.
    sliverwolfbec sliverwolfbec
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 1, 2014

    Disabled? So What...

    On the edge of intelligence, though, there lingers a fringe of intuition, vague and effervescent, that is man's saving spark." -Laurence Leamer I live in Southern California. I was born with Phocomelia, a result of thalidomide. In a nutshell, I have a short left arm and a long...
    jwmerica jwmerica
    51-55, M
    2 Responses May 29, 2011
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25
    31-35, M
    Dec 3, 2014

    Sometimes its just too hard to keep going

    but you have to, fed up lonely pissed off and more
    wayne772 wayne772
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Jan 3, 2015

    I am a mute. I am a good listener.

    I appreciate the written word. I appreciate the sound.
    Fondanastasia Fondanastasia
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 28, 2015

    Were moving in with my moms boyfriend

    and his daughter soon. His daughter has Cerebral Palsy (I think thats how you spell it). I was just wondering.... Idk. I guess more about it. Ive met her but were going to be in the same house soon and I want, I guess, advice on thing I should do to make her comfortable.
    n0rthernwind n0rthernwind
    22-25, F
    Nov 25, 2014

    I was born with the birth defect spina bifida

    and so I've been in a wheelchair all my life
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25
    31-35, M
    Jul 21, 2014

    So a couple of weeks ago I ended up in hospital

    with sepsis that came from having a bad bladder infection. I only have 1 kidney now because the other died on me about 6 years ago and my other kidney has been around 70 percent. When I went into hospital it got done to 40 percent and I just went to the doctor and the kidney...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25
    31-35, M
    1 Response Sep 13, 2015
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