There was a time when I’d spend my nights reading blogs, but these days I’m more likely to read threads of hashtags.
I thought I’d share a few of my favorites, in no particular order, for no particular reason:
Do #ILoveMyDisability? In so many ways, yes.
It is a part of my identity that has led to a full heart and a full life.
You know what I don’t love? The stigma. The lack of access. The painful days. The ignorance. Sometimes, my own body.
These complexities make me who I am.
— Emily Ladau (@emily_ladau) March 18, 2018
Yeah, it’s damn hard
Yeah, a lot was taken from me
But it makes me who I am and it has given me the most wonderful perspective. I cherish things now and don’t take anything for granted.
I don’t want a cure, but I do want accessibility and understanding.
— Jessica Marie (@JessCanSo) March 17, 2018
#ILoveMyDisability because I want acceptance and love#ILoveMyDisability because I don’t want no damn cure to make me normal or neurotypical#ILoveMyDisability because I am not ashamed of being me#ILoveMyDisability because it is part of my identity
— Kayla Smith (@BeingKaylaSmith) March 19, 2018
I live with pain and illness. I often have issues walking & need a walker. My left arm doesn’t work well.
— Erin Beth (@yellow_erin) March 19, 2018
It’s not always easy, but I wouldn’t be who I am without my disability. Seems funny, but for all the times it’s tried to kill me, it genuinely saved my life. I would hate the person I’d have been without it. #ILoveMyDisability
— Cass♿🏳️🌈 (@DiannaAretes) March 19, 2018
To say #ILoveMyDisability is not 100% true for me. I hate the pain. I hate the that my disabilities make certain parts of life less accessible to me.
But I LOVE how these challenges have formed me into a person I’m not sure I’d be otherwise. I love what I’ve learned from them.
— Bend, Don’t Break. (@_benddontbreak_) March 18, 2018
I’m not sure whether #ILoveMyDisability but I know for sure I don’t hate it. Which I think really says something since especially recently, my disabilities bring with them lots of things to dislike, both medical & social. Obviously, the disability experience is complex & mixed.
— Andrew Pulrang (@AndrewPulrang) March 18, 2018
I was able bodied for the first 34 years of my life. #ILoveMyDisability because losing my autonomy for several months while my back was broken has humbled me in a way that wouldn’t have been possible as an able bodied white woman.
— Stefanie Mezigian (@SmthgsAfootMI11) March 18, 2018
i hate having weak muscles. i hate being treated differently. i hate anxiety. i hate depression. i hate oppression.
but #ILoveMyDisability, i love being part of the disability community, i love my wheelchair, and i love every single part of me, even the things i sometimes hate.
— Jensen Caraballo (@GimpSwagg) March 18, 2018
#ILoveMyDisability because it’s made me who I am as a person. It’s made me feel determined to reach my goals, not letting anyone in my way of reaching them because I know my worth and I want to change people’s perceptions of disability.
— Lupita Sandoval ♿️ (@HeyitsLupita) March 17, 2018