I’m Zoe, I’m 29 and I have a disability, well two in fact; Rheumatoid Arthritis and Glaucoma.
It has taken me awhile, years in fact to write that sentence… but why?
Disability, dis-ability, lack of ability? The term itself has a negative connotation. Let’s break that word down, I’m a scientific and methodical person so what are we saying with a word like disability?
dis- word forming element meaning 1. “Lack of, not”; 2. “Do the opposite of”; 3. “Apart,away”
ability- 1. Possession of the means or skill to do something; 2. Talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area.
So, are we saying that individuals living with disability, whether physical or mental have a lack of skill, talent and proficiency?
Do I consider myself to lack these things because of my health conditions? No. I also do not consider others living with disability to lack these things.
This is why it has taken me a long time to accept that I have a disability, for the fear of the world viewing me as less able.
This is my main reason for starting this blog. I want to stand up and talk openly about disability and remove the stigma around what it means to have physical and/or mental ill health.