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I Live With a Disability

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 8 Responses Oct 11

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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 5 days ago

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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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    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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    Siwheels73 Siwheels73 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 11

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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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    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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    Question

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Apr 28

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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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    Its just comfortable at home and I live with my parents and its peaceful. I don't pay rent. Besides Im not married, and I don't want to live by myself. Im a family girl.
    bridgeoverwater bridgeoverwater 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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    I live with my boyfriend because the people I grew up with were abusive when I was little and are literally crazy and evil. They'd talk about selling me, the R- word which they did...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    When it comes to my mental illnesses which are schizophrenia anxiety disorder depression and intrusive disturbed images thoughts and feelings sometimes even random words pop in my...
    Janisoneluv Janisoneluv 26-30, F Oct 5

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    I am 19 and I am desperate to live on my own but I have to wait till I complete my schooling so I can work. Im thankful for my parents support but I hate depending on them for...
    DanielleJW DanielleJW 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 23

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    Yes I feel sometimes I have not lived upto my principles.With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so...
    restored87 restored87 46-50, F Sep 27

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    I love you my ****. I dont want to say your name, as I want to protect you still even though you have abandoned me. Just let me know you are happy and I will be ok to know that...
    dreamingdarkness dreamingdarkness 26-30, M Sep 28

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    I have kids how could I go without I have to have it
    kenzie111Hall kenzie111Hall 26-30, F Sep 20

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    If you don't think they cheat, they do!!! don't fool yourself, they couldn't give a dam about you.......although they will manipulate you every now and then to make you feel loved...
    theywillmakeyouthinkyournuts theywillmakeyouthinkyournuts 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 29

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    In the past I would've said that. I found on the radio a college station that played classical music by day, but at night (late night around 11 or midnight) played alternative rock...
    mistressmonique mistressmonique 46-50, F Sep 30

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    My phone, that I'm using right now, won't let me go on ANYTHING, besides EP, messages, phone, and notes. It kicks me off as soon as I tap on it and I really need to use certain...
    DarkOnTheInside13 DarkOnTheInside13 13-15, F Oct 2

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    Music was the first love of my life.... Wanting to do music is the first thing that I remember wanting to do as a kid. There cannot be a day that passes without playing music. I...
    User7of9 User7of9 31-35, F Oct 5

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    My boyfriend is ruining his life with weed. People say that it's not addictive but I only have to look at him to see that's not true. He wastes all his money on it, we've been...
    someonelikeyou9 someonelikeyou9 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 7

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    I have been living with my BF and his brother for a year and a half and his brother just moved out leaving just us for the first time. I thought I would be excited but I'm mostly...
    rapagerain rapagerain 22-25, F Oct 10

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    I'm just going to say I had a flip phone when I got my first phone. I was 17. I see 8 year olds with their own iPhones. Like really? Why does she need it between school and her...
    Hhvfubnk Hhvfubnk 70+, T a week ago

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    I have been living with my boyfriend for almost two years now. We have been together for three. The first year we did long distance. I was in Pennsylvania, and he was in California...
    mlalding mlalding 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Music literally saves my life! I could not survive without it. Music is there for every single crazy feeling I get be it bad or good. 🎼 what's your favourite song🎼
    Vienna488 Vienna488 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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