A very good friend of mine posted a reply to my journal entitled, ‘Does one ever accept CP?’ I believe his response was absolutely spot on.
In society, in the work place and in the home very few people look beyond the disability to see the real person underneath. I think as individuals we need to be more accepting of ourselves before we can help and accept others.
I believe those who deal with any type of illness or long-term condition, must try to be more accepting of themselves and what they deal with, but I also know that if they were supported and accepted by family, friends and society as a whole, it would make their lives much easier. We have a way to go before that happens.
It’s not to say that everyone works this way, some of us clearly get it right, but realistically, how are we supposed to find a level of acceptance for ourselves and what we deal with, when others don’t accept us?
Sadly, I believe this is so true when it comes to disability.