Frances Hutchinson

Artificiallyhip To be disabled or not to be disabled, that is the question

I am proud to say I have an artificial hip made of ceramic and plastic. I also admit to having OCD, high functioning autism, some anger management and depression issues and some learning difficulties. However I have been told that my mental and learning problems are all considered mild or border line and not that serious. However I find when you combine them together frankly they make me a bit of a mess. I cross over into so many boxes the education system, medical professionals and work advisers people never knew where to place me. Through this blog I am interested in exploring how being border line disabled and special needs affects people. Sometimes I am very glad I can hide my issues and am not worse, but at times I wonder if admitting to them and playing them up would not help me to get on in life.

Right now I am also on job seekers allowance as a long term benefit claimant. I also wish to share some of my experiences of being on this benefit and how it can effect my mental health and disability.

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