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Health issues coming out of the closet.

  • Posted on March 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

First of all I want to say I have not done any posts lately due to my health being worse since Christmas. My seizures have been off the wall and I have been dealing with the soles of my feet now having fissures. My pain has been up as well (30 on a 1-10 scale) which just makes every other issue that much worse.

Now too today’s post, which I hope everyone takes something from it.

Health Issues ARE NOT asked for NOR wanted! Society as a whole needs to grow up and start being a bit more understanding when it comes to health issues and others!! This would make the world a much better place and happier place as well!!

Today I had to deal with another person that doesn’t understand Health issues and in fact was being just plain ignorant. This person though it would be fun to them and hurtful to others to tease about a health issue. I have been struggling a long time about doing a blog on this longer than I have about my seizures because people just don’t understand and it is criticized so much.  After today though (thanks to this persons ignorance) I have the courage to talk about it here.  Incontinence isn’t just a health issue that affects the elderly or babies. It can happen to anyone, any age. I have had to wear what they call “Adult diapers” and I truly hate them being called that. To this day just call them Tenas or Depends (both are brand names), using the word “diaper” is part of the problem with the stigmatism. Anyone that knows anything about seizures knows that incontinence comes hand in hand when you have seizures.

The ignorance and intolerance felt by people with disabilities is akin to gays and lesbians in the fact we end up “staying in the closet” with regards to our health in order to avoid ridicule, humiliation, bullying, teasing etc. Well, as you can tell, I’ve had enough and I am no longer afraid to talk and speak up about my health if only in the hopes that it helps teach others and help others not to be afraid of talking about health issues. To make matters worse I also have I.B.S (irritable bowel syndrome) as well as a bladder issue that I have had since I was younger. When I was younger I had to have the opening of my bladder stretched 3 times as it didn’t grow with me. This though has caused the incontinence to be worse over the years instead of better. So, when you put all of that on top of having seizures, having to wear Depends is something I have to live with daily.

For those that have what you may call “embarrassing” health issues, DO NOT be embarrassed. There is no shame in having health issues; it is just a fact of life. With help of true friends and family I have been able to come to terms better with my own health and learn not to hide it. At times I embrace it as it has made me a better person in the fact I do not judge others for any reason. Do I wish I didn’t have these health issues? Of course!! I’d have to be insane not too, but the fact remains I have health issues, I have “disabilities”, but I also now have strength and courage to take the hand I have been dealt and use it to reach out to others and maybe give them a hand to be stronger.

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