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I Live With a Disability

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 226 People

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    does anyone use catheters? what type do you use?
    drippy72 drippy72 41-45, M 1 Response May 31, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Siwheels73 Siwheels73 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 11

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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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    I have lived with a disability

    since birth (1980) in one form or another (Hydrocephalus, Hemiplegia (single side semi paralysis) which falls under the Cerebral Palsy umbrella, however in the following months after my 7th (seventh) birthday (I may have that wrong) or possibly before I had complications arise...
    PoeticMute PoeticMute 31-35, M 2 Responses Sep 13

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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 10 Responses Apr 20, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Which would usually be totally normal no questions asked but I'm 17 years old. My dad moved to Seattle and my mom lives a couple cities over so I can't live with her because I want...
    OccasionalCupcake OccasionalCupcake 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    I live with MS and I've never really had to deal with serious illness before. I'm also in the process of being tested for Anemia. It is quite stressful to just get on with my life...
    Beyala Beyala 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    It would be an amazing experience to live with wolves. Hunting large animals in packs howling in the night with a full moon and running at amazing speeds.
    Miserablechildhood Miserablechildhood 13-15, M Aug 21

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    Hence the name you can already imagine. Ever since I was very young, maybe 6 or 7, I've always had these weird ticks and twitches. I've never understood why or how they came to be...
    Twitch313 Twitch313 26-30, M Aug 24

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    I HATE you, because I love you more than me I LOVE you, because +I Can't Live without you !! I MISS you, because I`m addicted to your company I LIKE you, because no 1 is so sweet...
    wendu44 wendu44 18-21, F Aug 25

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    I'm glad that this experience was posted up because right now I am going through something which is very difficult. I have been with my partner for 9 yrs. Since I was 19 I am now...
    whisperingcampaign whisperingcampaign 26-30, F Aug 25

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    I live with my boyfriend, Shane. I love to spend so much time with him and wake up in his arms. It is the best feeling in the world to finally be accepted by someone. I don't have...
    Thatonegirl53 Thatonegirl53 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 27

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    My husband has been near death with Gastroparesis the last five days. He can't hold down water. He has had diabetes for 25 years. I guess this is the natural progression of the...
    timebanditgal timebanditgal 41-45, F Aug 27

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    Actually, I just live with my stepdad. My mom left us for her high school boyfriend who didn't want children and moved to Vegas. He dumped her for younger woman. Serves her...
    JeremyCooper JeremyCooper 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 31

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    Yep, I live with my mum....I'm unemployed and it's so difficult to find a job. I'm on welfare and buy my own food and when I have spare money I give that to my mum as a bit of rent...
    Dreamprojector Dreamprojector 18-21, F Sep 2

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    I'm surprised there are not more posts here. I don't STILL live with my parents. I've been living on my own for 10 years and a life crisis has forced me to move in with my father...
    piprimate piprimate 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 2

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    I live with my step dad and call him dad. My mom left us for her high school boyfriend who didn't want children and moved to Vegas. He dumped her for younger woman. Serves her...
    JeremyCooper JeremyCooper 16-17, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    My dad wants to live with me and my family even tough he cheated on my mom but I know he only came back like always for sex because his girlfriend always kicks him out of his house...
    imsohotbitches imsohotbitches 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I think my friend and room mate is a Sociopath. I have known her at a distance for roughly 4 years, and we (my boyfriend included) have lived together for about 6 months. So lets...
    allyjayx allyjayx 18-21, F a week ago

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    Keep Moving Forward Dont Wait For Tomorrow If You Want To Do Something In Your Life So Do It Now.."Dear Tomorrow Do Whatever You Want To Do.I Have Already Lived My Today & I Am Not...
    wendu44 wendu44 18-21, F Aug 25

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    Relationship is a mirror. Wherever you are related with a person — a wife, a husband, a friend, a lover, an enemy — a mirror is there. The wife mirrors the husband. You can...
    wendu44 wendu44 18-21, F Aug 25

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    Hey I just found this site. It sounds cliche but I thought I was alone. My man has 5 discs out had surgery and was paralyzed for three months after. We have only been together for...
    Onlythelonelt Onlythelonelt 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 10

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    Is there a family out there in EP Land that could take in a 53-year-old woman with mental illness? I have a bad back and spend a lot of time in bed. A non-smoker, no drugs, just...