Here’s the first Q&A for IANMC’s AMA (whew…that’s a mouthful):
Question from Nicki on Facebook:
I have dealt with some level of disability since 12…and asked A LOT…why the crutches, why the cane, why the wheelchair, what happened, etc. and never have I been offended. Why is that offensive?
My Two Cents:
Nicki, thanks for the question and for sharing your experience. Or did you? I didn’t post your entire question, but I didn’t see you volunteering the reason for your use of mobility aids. And that’s ok.
For me, most often, I take offense in how I am asked. However, I still think that any person with any medical situation has a right to privacy. It just so happens that my medical challenge is clearly visible. I’m a very open person when I am ready. I have volunteered the details of my injury with colleagues, moms that I’ve met on the playground, and ALL of my fellow blog readers. But that doesn’t mean that I want to dwell on a very difficult diagnosis. Parts of my experience have been painful, both physically and emotionally. So when I do share my journey, it’s more of a testimony than to satisfy a person’s curiosity. Remember, I AM NOT MY CHAIR. I am blessed and there’s so much more to me than my ride. I hope that answers your question, Nicki. Take care.