Lately disabled due to a spinal fracture, I now blog about my life, disability issues and anything else I see from beneath what I lovingly call my 'invisibility cloak'. (So-called as nobody notices me in my power chair, so I can see what others often miss....)
As a wheelchair user due to chronic pain, I find the self same discrimination within my own social circle. They sometimes make comments about the appearance of a disabled person in the news and make assumptions about them based on their appearance.
It's a phrase I hear so often...
31/07/2017 15:40 BST
In many ways, the meaning of the word 'cost' to me is the 'cost' of losing my independence, my ability to walk, my hard-earned career and the 'cost' to my partner and family of my intense, chronic pain needing continuous care. But there is also a financial cost to being disabled that I never even thought about before, but that very quickly became apparent.
23/07/2017 19:07 BST