I’m proud to say that even with my life and without a diagnosis I never hid behind my physical issues. They were a part of me, but never defined who I was. I certainly made enough noises over the years.
But even if we’re not defining ourselves, others are doing it for us. It’s important we push ourselves into the light so that we don’t continue to hide in corners. Without getting ourselves out there, it’s easy for us to go unnoticed, and where we choose not to make that choice, society will make that choice for us.
Society is beginning to make disability more inclusive, but it’s still not inclusive enough, considering how many people live with disabilities. I think we’ve also got used to being sidelined and that’s made it easy for others to forget about us.
Anything that becomes difficult to deal with may make us hide. For a finite time that may work, but it’s not the answer, sooner or later, we need to come out of the doldrums so that we can live our lives.