a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.
|synonyms:||handicap, disablement, incapacity, impairment,infirmity, defect, abnormality; More
a disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law.
Today I was researching so new career opportunities and as I reviewed the information one question stood out. ” Do you have a disability?” Of course I motioned to reply no, then I looked at the list and there it was, “Multiple Sclerosis.” It like a ton of bricks, to some I have a disability, I’m disabled, but I am not. I am living with a chronic illness.
I’ve honestly never thought about my diagnosis as being a disability. In some ways it has actually improved my life. I’m more transparent, have a stronger relationship with God, and see things as they are. I don’t believe there’s time to sugar coat anything. Most of all I’m strong in mind,body, and spirit. Yes, I get tired and sometimes have memory fogs, insomnia, pain, itching, but I didn’t know that meant I was living with a disability.
I am still attempting to wrap my brain around this concept. I’m going to continue to be me and push the envelope. I have no plans to slow down and not move. I’ve always said, ” I have MS it doesn’t have me”, and I intend to stand on that. The world may define MS as a disability but I say my diagnosis helped me learn exactly how strong I am.