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This book is full of stories from people will all different types of disabilities and illnesses. Some of the stories were humorous while others were devastating to read. I loved that the stories come from those with visible disabilities as well as those with invisible disabilities. Disabled people come in all shapes and sizes, races, genders, and sexualities and I feel like this book included an incredible mix of those different experiences.
Reading through this book shed some light on some of my own internalized shame and ableism in regard to my own diagnosis’. When I share that I have mental health issues and ulcerative colitis I feel shame and embarrassment because I hate feeling othered, or less than in other people’s eyes I don’t feel pity for people who share their struggles with me, or treat them any differently, so why do I assume that’s how others see me?
I need to work on accepting myself so that I can better advocate for spoonies like me. I’m always saying that I love seeing mental health representation and disability representation in the media but then I struggle to be more open about my own experiences.
This book gave me a lot to think about in regard to the disabled community. I look forward to reading more books by, and for, the disabled community so my understanding continues to grow.