After The Dust Has Settled: My Weekend With My Mum
If you’ve read my previous post – Let The Battle Begin: My Weekend With My Mum – you’ll be aware that my mum came to visit me. What you might not know is that my mum was made permanently disabled by her cancer. You also don’t know about the reactions of some of the people we meet due to my mum’s disability (she doesn’t know either, because I wasn’t going to tell her).
By enlarge, most the people we meet were very helpful and kind to my mum, giving up seats on the train, allowing her walking aid to take up space that was stopping them from sitting in a chair next to her, going out of their way to point us in the directions of where the elevators are, stuff like that.
However, there were a few that weren’t so nice, who were talking behind my mums back. I’m guessing they didn’t realise I was my mum’s child due to us being different colours to each other, so they were often saying this stuff right next to me.
I’m also worried that because I look normal that I’ll also have to suffer comments like those made towards my mum. Which isn’t good for my anxiety disorders. It’s just more fuel for the anxiety fire. Every day is a struggle with both my mental and physical health problems, I don’t want to have to justify my health problems to other people.
Peoples health problems and disabilities shouldn’t have to be visible in order for them to be accepted.
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