I started writing this post about a year ago after a particularly traumatic 'breakup' with some people who had been close friends, but I didn't finish it and sort of moved on, like I have in life. But the issue has been brought back up again with the release of the movie 'Me Before You' and the issues it touches on. The problem that I and many other have with this movie is that it reinforces the stereotypical views that society has of disabled people and disability - that we are to be pitied.
Living with chronic illness
Wow you take a lot of meds! Why don't you stop taking your medication and see if it actually does anything? Why do you need to take so many? Do you know if they actually do anything? Have you tried natural alternatives? If your drugs have those side-effects why don't you stop taking them? Big Pharma doesn't create cures, they create consumers. To all the anti-Big Pharma people out there, if you want to attack something spend your energy attacking stress, smoking, traffic accidents, alcohol and substance abuse - they are far more responsible (and proven to be so) for adversely affecting the lives of Australians.
From the moment we are born, interactions that we have and friendships that we make help shape the people we become. It's not just the positive things but the negative and adverse as well and the more life experience we have the more rounded a person we become. By life experience I don't necessarily mean going out and seeing the world, but having experiences that are diverse, that change the way you view things and open your eyes, things that help you really know who you are as a person and how you see the world around you.
So March was Endometriosis awareness month, yes I know it's now April but I did write this in March and then couldn't decide when it was finished (I'm pretty sure it is now!). Having an awareness month is good because Endo is not something that is talked about that often, despite the fact that it affects around 10% of women in Australia - I'm guessing this is because it's women's stuff and rather personal.
Today, December 3rd, is International Day for People with Disability and last night our Write-ability group had its second Salon evening for the year. The evening showcased writers with Disability and we had a wonderful lineup including Disability Activists Michelle Roger and Jax Jacki Brown.