For being who I am
Won’t Be Ashamed For Being Who I Am
Adventures in Disability Shaming
In this episode, my son tells me that he wants a new dad, one that isn’t disabled, who doesn’t use a wheelchair or a cane, and who is able to cross the stream by balancing on a fallen eucalyptus tree. I think it may be more-or-less normal for a kid to wish they had different parents, but it felt especially heavy that my kid was trying to hurt my feelings for having multiple sclerosis and being disabled. I pointed out that he was disability shaming me, that it was as if I had told him that I didn’t like being around kids because they don’t have driver’s licenses, or know how to multiply and divide. My point was that there are things that we don’t have control over and that it’s unfair to blame us for them. I think he heard me, the wheels began to spin, and maybe he’ll think this over.
- the heat is working again
- my son tried to hurt and shame me for being disabled
- need to teach disability consciousness to my children
- i went for a ride in my wheelchair with a friend for the first time and it was good
- i’m using a sleep apnea CPAP device to sleep at night, continuous positive air pressure. my energy is better
In The Habit
We’re nearing the end of four seasons on the podcast. Like I said last time, I’m thinking of changing or stopping it. For now, I’m still in the habit.
I recorded an interview with the activist Ligia Andrade Zuniga that I hope to air on KFJC.
Reflecting on the mental health epidemic that accompanies the coronavirus epidemic, the podcast takes an unexpected turn.
It comes back on track at the end, courtesy of the words of Marc Maron.
Cya next time. As always, get me via the Contact Form. Hasta luego!
I’m thinking about changing this.
I started this podcast with a determination to try and understand who I was as a disabled person, to grow my disability consciousness. Now that I am on the cusp of relocation, I wonder, did I accomplish what I came for? Let me know what you think via the Contact form.
This episode quotes from the first episode of What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast, “Trying.”