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Elizabeth – What’s the hardest part about having a disabled family member?

Elizabeth – What’s the hardest part about having a disabled family member?

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I think it’s difficult when we go in public and other people look at us as though we’re really different. And, I never thought that and I don’t think that. I don’t want other people to look at my dad in a wheelchair and think ... Show More

I think it’s difficult when we go in public and other people look at us as though we’re really different. And, I never thought that and I don’t think that. I don’t want other people to look at my dad in a wheelchair and think that we have such a difficult life. And, it’s just such a barrier for us because it’s not a barrier. We go out; we don’t just sit at home introverted, so I don’t want people to view us that way. I can sometimes just tell by looks—some people kind of look away, or stare a little too long, or try to hold the door. It’s a little uncomfortable because my dad can open a door—I know it’s polite to do that, but he can open a door and he can get himself to a table at a restaurant. So, I don’t want them to think that just cause he’s in a wheelchair he can’t do what everyone else can do, because that’s just not true.

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Elizabeth – What’s the hardest part about having a disabled family member?

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Father injured in 1974 at age 26, paraplegic
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I think it’s difficult when we go in public and other people look at us as though we’re really different. And, I never thought that and I don’t think that. I don’t want other people to look at my dad in a wheelchair and think that we have such a difficult life. And, it’s just such a barrier for us because it’s not a barrier. We go out; we don’t just sit at home introverted, so I don’t want people to view us that way. I can sometimes just tell by looks—some people kind of look away, or stare a little too long, or try to hold the door. It’s a little uncomfortable because my dad can open a door—I know it’s polite to do that, but he can open a door and he can get himself to a table at a restaurant. So, I don’t want them to think that just cause he’s in a wheelchair he can’t do what everyone else can do, because that’s just not true.

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