Today is Therapeutic Thursday!
❤ A question had been posed, "How much of our identity is tied up in our disability, or our relationship with our disability?"
To begin to even process this, we must define disability: DISABILITY is a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.
Not everyone with Aortic disease had been left with a disability. But for those of you who have been significantly affected by aortic disease or it's repercussions, what is your relationship between yourself and your disability?
Some in the community prefer the term Less-Able vs Dis-Abled. Whenever possible, try to flip the script and it may change your mindset. However, there are ways to be mindful of those that are disabled. Allaya-Cooks Campbell wrote a very interesting article in BetterUp titled, Why You Shouldn't Use Differently-Abled Anymore.
Campbell writes "As writer and disability rights activist Emily Ladau puts it in her piece for the Center for Disability Rights, we are all differently abled. The use of the term implies a “standard body” that has standard skills, and a “standard mind” that thinks in standard ways. Who among us really fits that description? We all have ways of navigating the world that utilize our unique strengths and compensate for our weaknesses. Different is standard, and it’s those who have had the privilege of designing the world around themselves that don’t think so.'
To check out the article, click here.