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I Live With a Disability

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    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Dec 3, 2014

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    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

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    Siwheels73 Siwheels73 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 11, 2014

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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 10 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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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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    I have a genetic heart mutation called HCM

    and need an ICD and medication. I can no longer work.
    JoCruze JoCruze 51-55, T 2 Responses Mar 15

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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, 2014

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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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    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

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    I am a mute. I am a good listener.

    I appreciate the written word. I appreciate the sound.
    Fondanastasia Fondanastasia 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 28

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    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 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 7, 2014

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    A medley of metal health issues

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

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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, 2014

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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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    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 1 Response Mar 23, 2013

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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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    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 26-30, M 4 Responses Apr 21

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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.
    slivereyes slivereyes 36-40, F Apr 28, 2014

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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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    Sometimes its just too hard to keep going

    but you have to, fed up lonely pissed off and more
    wayne772 wayne772 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 3

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    Deuz Deuz 22-25, M Dec 8, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 14

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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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    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

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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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    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 8 Responses Apr 20, 2011

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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, 2014

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    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 18-21, F Nov 25, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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

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    But they say i am spoiled.

    So me runs. Before me attacks. Or me laughs. And says their nose hairs made their brains leak intelligence into their pillows.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 22

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    I've had a lot of relatives die from lung cancer or lung disease due to smoking, both of my grandfathers included. Also a guy that I went to school with recently got busted for...
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    My friend Jenn, she came from an abusive pass, and she turned to drugs. She was on the very heavy stuff, heroin, and ****. She was in and out of rehab for a few years, and than...
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    i know am 16..yea yea young and dum but actually can't take it anymore i wanna kill myself!!!!!!!
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    I'm scared that I have to leave my best friend behind once we go to college. She may be unusual to others but to me, she's like my twin sister. I value her more than my well-being...
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