Wednesday, 27 June 2007
I know it's bad grammar to start sentences with because...but
Because I dared to disagree, the someone I disagreed with has come back to me with a very positive response about my need for my disabilty to be accepted. Four words:
"I understand better now."
Because I have spent the past few months with brilliant support online through blogging and learned much about the Social Model, I have been able to articulate my views on my disability to someone close to me, outside blogging, for the first time.
This is a milestone. I feel jubilation and I want to share it. It's not a self-satisfied jubilation, not even about 'educating the able-bodied', just genuine happiness that someone important to me 'understands better'.
Because I am finding my way, and because I know I am not alone, it gives those who know me the chance to start making sense of what has been a very difficult time all round. Sudden disabilty can send out shock waves. And those shock waves can rebound for years. A personal trauma becomes a shared trauma. A collective sense of disbelief.
Sometimes things have to utterly fall apart to be put back together again, differently. But the sense of rebuilding is such a positive force.
These are positive times indeed. You may have noticed the appearance of a new Ouch! button left and up a bit. Blogging at Ouch! is going to be a driving force for me in the next few weeks. Six of us are posting regularly on disability matters. I will be back here in between. You'll find us all at Ouch's weblog.
Or just click the Ouch! button on the sidebar anytime to go to their homepage.