Dear able-bodied people, this is the summary what it’s like to be in a wheelchair and I hope you never find yourself in that situation. But, if you do, be prepared to be the ‘inspiration’ to your friends, even strangers just for doing silly things like; taking a train ride without a ‘caregiver’. Of course you’ll face discrimination but of course, ableism too and the list below is just a small insight:
1) When you take your wheelchair for repair, you won’t see it again for 300 years.
2) people immediately use a singsong tone of voice when they see a person using wheels.
3) You always have to act grateful for the help you didn’t need.
4) A shop isn’t accessible if it’s got a tiny step at the front.
5) People pat your head and bend down to you.
6) Don’t leave your chair in the sun, you’ll burn your bum when you get back in.
7) You will be confronted with the miracle in the alcohol meme and so-called friends will find hilarious.
8) You always get the view of people’s behinds.
9) doorways being too small.
10) Ableism and inspirational porn.
All personal photos ©️ Rachel Marie.
I hope you all enjoyed this post and have learnt something from it. It is so easy to fall into these habits, people in wheelchairs are just people who want to get on with the day, not to necessarily be your inspiration or make you feel good about yourself if someone in a wheelchair is asking for help and doing it for praise or major props with friends and family. You don’t help someone because you feel sorry for them You do it just because you saw another person struggling to get through the day and needs a hand to make it better
You don’t get an instant helo around your head. Be aware of ableism, it can be very patronising and even border on bullying help us in the disabled community stamp it out by not doing the things on the above list.
A Wheelchair user, who is also an author and has Chronic fatigue syndrome but she still remains to be badass with her humour and has a wardrobe bursting with vintage clothes… My friends think she has a shopping problem not just the vintage clothes for her on dying love for reading and needing a box to write my friends think she has a shopping problem not just the vintage clothes for her undying love for reading and need to buy notebooks to write her short stories in
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My second project is completing a list of writing prompts and putting them together in an anthology for sale. There are so many genres I can showcase than with this book. You can see my romantic side, you can see my funny side, you can see my spooky side, you can see my thriller side and you can see my serious side too. It will be a mixture of poetry and prose and trying to finish it by March 7 2021.
For now, go buy my book and see how you like my romantic side and love for the 1950s