Caregivers, Social

“So, I hired a caregiver — now what?”

When I moved away from home to go to college, I had to make a rapid adjustment from being at home with my parents to living independently with the help of hired caregivers. At times, I did not handle it well. I remember wishing that I had some kind of instruction manual to help me… Continue reading “So, I hired a caregiver — now what?”

Abuse, Health, Personal

On Abuse and Not Deserving It

Imagine waking up to find yourself strapped down in bed, completely unable to move. You'll probably be unstrapped soon, but until then, do you go back to sleep? Can you go back to sleep? Should you even try? No, I'm not talking about Gerald’s Game (although the movie that just came out on Netflix is… Continue reading On Abuse and Not Deserving It

Abuse, Health

The Right of Body Autonomy

Sometimes, when you have a disability, other people feel that they have a right to control or affect your body in ways that are unnecessary, unhelpful, and at times even painful, emotionally and physically. Strangers pat us on the head in public, acquaintances we don’t know too well hug us, and sometimes people provide physical… Continue reading The Right of Body Autonomy