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I Live With a Disability

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    Lymphangioma

    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

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    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

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    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 1 Response Apr 28

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    Then And Now

    I was completely disabled when my kidneys failed in August 2011. I woke from a coma and could not walk, talk, write and I lost my motor skills and balance. I had to learn to eat, take a shower, get dressed, brush my teeth and hair, shave my legs, everyrhing. 16 months later, I...
    tmarker86 tmarker86 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 15, 2012

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    Unseen Disabilitiies

    I'm one of the people who has Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  It hit me when I was a small child, and got worse when I was in my 20's.  There are many kinds of IBS, and some of them are very serious, indeed, like Ulcerative Colitis.  My kind is nothing but diarrhea...
    nanasixboys nanasixboys 56-60 1 Response Mar 7, 2010

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    Quadruple Amputee

    I was disabled before I became an amputee. A car crash took my limbs from me.
    MikeyG133 MikeyG133 18-21, M May 12, 2013

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    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 41-45, F Mar 23, 2013

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    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

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    My Disabilty Is Keeping Me From Finding A Man To Love

    Ok, so it happpened to me again. I am chatting with a man, making a TRUE connection and then he disappears when I mention my disability. WTF? I guess I assumed he knew because we "met" here and I have been open about it. But I suppose he didn't because once I mention it in an...
    jenjen316 jenjen316 36-40, F 9 Responses Apr 20, 2011

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    Siwheels73 Siwheels73 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    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

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    The Craziness Of The Things I Go Through

    I was diagnosed at one time with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). I haven't really looked that up recently but back then they really didn't know much about it. Anyways, since then things have changed and what I just read about a disability called SAD, describes what I...
    OnewithJC OnewithJC 36-40, F 12 Responses Mar 12, 2011

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    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 13 Responses Dec 2, 2009

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    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 1 Response Aug 29, 2012

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    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 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 28

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    Iam Liveing With My Disability Every Day And Every Night

    and there is nothing can be done about it    thank you evangelist pastorsusie houston
    pastor24 pastor24 56-60, F Apr 10, 2011

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    It Can Happen to Anyone

    I spent my my adult life working in offices where originally we had paper and a typewriter if were 'good enough' to be given one. All this changed through the late 80's as computerized record systems came in and needless to say were were expected to adapt. Well...
    CarolineBelinda CarolineBelinda 36-40, F 1 Response May 29, 2009

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    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

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    Fighting Lyme

    This month makes one year since I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Compared to how I was a year ago I have had major progress. I no longer walk with a cane, I can form full and complete sentences ( most days lol), and my ability to read out loud is slowly getting back to how it...
    GuardianAngel924 GuardianAngel924 18-21, F 1 Response May 7, 2013

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    the itis

    what a life! you can read more about my disability and how i got it in my story, "RSD and all it's glory." if you wish to know more about RSD you can find that information at:  www.rsdrx.com, www.rsdhope.org or www.rsds.org on top of the RSD and since i was...
    AbbyNormal AbbyNormal 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 25, 2007

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    I was born with the birth defect spina bifida

    and so I've been in a wheelchair all my life
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Jul 21

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    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 26-30, F 10 Responses Jul 1, 2008

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    I Live With A Disability

    I am a spinal cord injured person aged 36. I live in trivandrum district. I like to have friendship with persons like me.
    perunguzhi01 perunguzhi01 36-40 4 Responses Jan 22, 2012

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    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

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    A medley of metal health issues

    and a couple of minor physical ones
    persononinternet persononinternet 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    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

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    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

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    Question

    does anyone use catheters? what type do you use?
    drippy72 drippy72 41-45, M 1 Response May 31, 2013

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    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 3 Responses Oct 20, 2012

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    A Few Of Them

    I live with a few: Arnold Chiari Malformation, Scoliosis, Migraines, Osteoarthritis, Depression, and Deafness. According to the doctors I don't qualify for disability and their reasoning to me is that I'm smart. WHOOPTIE DO! I'm using all my energy daily to keep it together and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 31, 2012

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    Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

    I don't think most people would consider bedwetting to be a disability, they would think it is a personal weakness. But it seems to be genetic, at least in part.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 23, 2010

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    Just depressed all the time, and think I will be lonely or single for the rest of my life.
    Nixed Nixed 31-35, M Aug 5

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    I have lived with my parents basically since was eight years old. Actually, let me back up. My biological parents have been divorced since I was only three. After that, I lived...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 23

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    i am 13 years old bout to be 14 in march and i really want to live with my dad.my mom say that its to much trouble to go to court and she says she really loves me but i know she...
    savanna177 savanna177 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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    I live with my mom and her boyfriend and my little brother, Hes 12. And i used to love my mom and her and i used to always sing together and stuff.. She met her current boyfriend...
    cheysweetheart cheysweetheart 13-15, F Jul 21

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    I don't know what to do. I live with my boyfriend, we've been together since February. I don't have the means to secure housing if I leave. I love my boyfriend very much, he's like...
    pandess pandess 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    My sister has been my main source of depression but I also can't live without her because when she's around things go easier and smoothly and its a whole feeling when she's around...
    jacithepanda jacithepanda 13-15, F Jul 22

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    So happy I have my phone back!I can honestly say I'm 1 of those people who cant live without their phone!!
    sexycapricorn29 sexycapricorn29 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    Hi everyone! I have been with him for 7 years. We have known each other through social media. He's from a different country. We meet after a year of knowing each other online then...
    angeli1 angeli1 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 9

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    Talking a bit with an EP friend earlier got me really thinking about things a bit. Android it just seems so unfair that I have to deal with the physical damage my body has gone...
    TheWomanYouHate TheWomanYouHate 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    My relationship with my father stalled because of my mothers constant adultery, with his friends! I hardly saw him at all between ages eight and when I moved in with him at...
    Lecuyer90 Lecuyer90 22-25, F 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    Something precious was stolen from me. But I learned to accept it and live my life to the fullest. I can't erase the memory. On the other hand, it has made me a better person.
    Ichilicious Ichilicious 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    My music is my life and a lot if my music is stuff I don't want other people to hear, so without my headphones, I can't listen to my music.
    Rachlm214 Rachlm214 16-17, F Jul 22

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    im going shopping tomorrow and of course im up late thinking about it I can never come home with the things I want I always come home empty handed. this is what happens while...
    idkhby idkhby 13-15, F Jul 22

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    I was recently diagnosed with gastroparesis. For a long time I wasn't sure what was wrong w me! I felt sick 24/7, vomiting, constantly bloated and in pain! I had a gastric emptying...
    Lbeavers Lbeavers 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 24

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    my name is Zahraa i'm 16Y im arabic , my problem is that i have a very narrow-minded kinda of fanatic parents, its pissed me off so much when they always keep talking about...
    Zozo98 Zozo98 13-15, F Jul 30

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    I really don't :'( she's my whole world. Life means nothing if she's not in it :'( what's the point of life if you can't be woth the one you love most in the entire universe :'( I...
    ywilliam31 ywilliam31 16-17, M Jul 31

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    I've never been able to talk to anyone around me about what's going on, I just need to talk to people who really understand from experience I can't deal with this anymore
    Hevss Hevss 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    What is wrong with our world these days??? In America it has become an obsession. I'm sorry I value virtue. I'm sorry I set high morals for myself. If men can't respect that then...
    XannaleiseX XannaleiseX 18-21, F 8 Responses Aug 5

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    Slobs and people who don't clean or pick up after themselves, people who always like to have friends come over really late and like to party, smokers, drinkers, ( heavy drinking...
    ajrestless ajrestless 18-21, F Aug 5