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Anymouse  Feb 12, 2017 • 12:25:33pm

I can relate. When I developed epilepsy, that ended my chosen career (the Navy).

Because of my training (aviation electronics) it also meant I could never be employed in that field as a civilian. Moreover, no person will hire an electronics technician with epilepsy (despite the vanishingly small chance of a shock, there is also the stigma around epilepsy itself).

For that matter, disclosing epilepsy generally means no job application at all will be considered. (My editing job is an exception, but no one can live on the money that pays. Unless someone makes a move out of one of the books I edited, it’s a hobby not a job.)

I am fortunate that I have VA benefits so my healthcare at the moment is covered - the GOP is getting around to fixing that oversight.

On the insurance market, no one would give me health insurance; on the life insurance market, I have given up trying to get it (I have to save money to die).

Lots of choices there… .

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Romantic Heretic  Feb 12, 2017 • 1:18:31pm

When people give me the “It’s all about choice” lecture I just give them a look that informs them that they are inches away from joining the ranks of the disabled. It suddenly strikes them that their choices are about to become quite limited.

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Sherlock Hound  Feb 12, 2017 • 11:33:51pm

So true. I already work so hard to maintain a kind of life, that I have no energy for anything else.

I’ve always been criticized for “being too disabled” and “not being disabled enough”, often in the same discussion. Disability seems to be the one thing where you can have a conception or stereotype of someone, a straw-man, which you can attack for not fitting the stereotype. We do this for poors when they have the wrong possessions or the wrong phone.

I’ve given up explaining.

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Birth Control Works  Feb 13, 2017 • 7:38:09am

one of my favorite memories from when I worked as a cashier:

One of our “older” customers —a rich drunk and a real pain sometimes - parked in the handicapped spot. What I saw was him berating a shorter man outside of the doors. The shorter and younger man quickly came inside and the older man followed him with a purpose.

“All I said is that you don’t look disabled”

“you short mother-fucking midget —you don’t know anything about me!”

I decided I rather liked the older man after that.


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