Here is a conversation I've been dreading. Here is a conversation this country--and this world needs.
I promised myself that this account would be a platform for social issues, ED recovery, and body positivity. I plan on keeping my promise. I hope you'll listen.
Our country discusses freedom often. We throw the words "freedom" and "liberty" around, but I don't think many of us understand the gravity of these words. These words should not apply to a select few of Americans. There should be no prerequisites; you should not need to be white, able-bodied, Christian, male, or cisgender to qualify.
For me, freedom is waking up every morning earlier than most of my peers to let my personal care attendant into my dorm building. It is the ability to shower and dress. This would not be possible without a personal care attendant. It would not be possible without Medicaid. Unfortunately, my freedom costs more than most Americans' freedom. That isn't my fault. I did not choose my body. Neither did you. Able-bodies do not choose to be able-bodied; I suppose they're the "lucky ones." But I never feel unfortunate for existing in a disabled body. The only thing that makes me feel less fortunate is when other people see my freedom as less important than able-bodied freedom.
Think about freedom. Think about the value of life; not just able-bodied life. Think about disabled lives. If you truly believe "all lives matter," act like it.
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