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I Live With a Disability

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 am a mute. I am a good listener.

    I appreciate the written word. I appreciate the sound.
    Fondanastasia Fondanastasia 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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 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, 2014

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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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    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Dec 3, 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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    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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    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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    Question

    does anyone use catheters? what type do you use?
    drippy72 drippy72 41-45, M 2 Responses May 31, 2013

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    Siwheels73 Siwheels73 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 11, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Deuz Deuz 22-25, M Dec 8, 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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    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 2 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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    Not Much of a Life It's been about 10 years since i broke my first vertebrae my L-5 then i broke it 3 more times and blew up a disc they did a fusion L-4 to L-5 to S-1 but the...
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    So I ran away a couple of days ago, and they made me come back (they= police and family). They said they were gonna change and so far that's bullshit. I am leaving when I turn 17...
    nomnommings nomnommings 16-17, F Feb 18

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    I just need to save a bit more money to move out, I'll still be in Chicago but about a good distance away. I'm thankful I have a place to live but ready to move on.
    roaminglostsoul roaminglostsoul 31-35, F a week ago

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    Yes, unfortunately so... We are roommates (it's not much different than our marriage) except I live upstairs. It's awkward I won't lie... Especially since I really wanna just be...
    OrchidsNuBlu OrchidsNuBlu 36-40, F 40 Responses 5 days ago

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    Its been many, many years. He did some time, he still lives in my city. My kids don't have grandparents. He took that away. But I don't have any other family here other than my...
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    Well today is my bday. I thought maybe just maybe my husband would get up with the kids this morning, let me sleep in. I got everything ready lastnight so this morning would be a...
    mrspf mrspf 26-30, F 1 day ago

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