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Does anyone else feel.... - June 18th 2009, 12:43 PM

...that if you have a disability you almost have a more fulfilling life?

Here me out here because i know that sounds slightly crazy...but I'm severly dyspraxic and got told when i was about 9 i would never be able to ride a bike or ski, it took me over 3 years to learn to ride a bike but i did it, same with skiing...and i can't help but think the satisfaction that i get from that is nothing like the satisfaction that people with out disabilities would have

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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 18th 2009, 12:53 PM

No you're not odd. I sometimes feel like I want to be deaf, I mean it'd be amazing. Not being able to hear, complete quietness all the time. You could be in your own world with nobody ever bothering you. Deaf people are nice, did you notice that? Think about it.
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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 18th 2009, 10:05 PM

You're not odd. I feel that way. I was always a late bloomer and I have a learning disability, but I have been through so much that I feel like I am happier than most when I enter a new chapter in my life.
   
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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 19th 2009, 04:28 AM

yeah i have aspergers and most of the time its hard for me to control myself.....but when i dont make a scene in a public place i feel very accomplished
i also have a learning disability and the day they moved me out of special ed because of my grades i was the happiest little girl in the world....your not odd i feel that most people would agree with you
   
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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 19th 2009, 09:33 PM

you are not alone, i have arthritis in every joint and it severly affects my legs so i have to use a wheelchair. but, through it i have met so many people that i love and care for, i have discovered a fantastic new sport that i love and many other things. i am only the person that i am today because of having to grow up fast and going through so many bad experiences and learning from them. i have missed so much time off school and yet have good grades which are above average. i do different things to other people, but still lead a good life that i enjoy. its hard at times but it has made me who i am.
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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 21st 2009, 01:04 AM

You're most certainly not alone. I think my hearing loss has changed me, in different ways. I wouldn't want to give that up.

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No you're not odd. I sometimes feel like I want to be deaf, I mean it'd be amazing. Not being able to hear, complete quietness all the time. You could be in your own world with nobody ever bothering you. Deaf people are nice, did you notice that? Think about it.
I agree with you.
As someone who is hearing impaired, I can see where you are coming from and at the same time want to beg you to reconsider your statement. Hearing loss can be a very scary thing; especially the being alone part. It scares the life out of me every time I realize I can't hear the rain; something so simple can really make you feel alone in a bad way, almost lost.

At the same time, I'm not as torn up about hearing loss as I'd imagine many people would be. The biggest problem I'd have with completely losing my hearing is the prospect of being unable to hear my loved ones voices.



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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 24th 2009, 07:45 PM

You are not odd. I feel that way often too. I have a slight speech impairment, so often I struggle to say new words, and learning a new word just makes me so happy. Sometimes it's harder having disabilities, but I can take pride in simple things and enjoy things that other people don't often notice.


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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 25th 2009, 01:13 AM

I work as an elementary school teacher and I'm actually part deaf, whenever I get a student with a hearing disability my heart flutters because I love being an example and showing them that nothing can hold them back.





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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 25th 2009, 01:49 AM

I don't have any disabilities, but what you're saying makes sense to me, and I can understand why you might feel that way. There are a lot of people who have disabilities who are extremely successful in life, and I can see that if you have a disability yet still become successful, you would feel as if you're proving to the world that your disability does not hold you back. I think it's good that you are able to accept and find the good in having a disability, I don't see anything odd about that at all.





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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 27th 2009, 01:26 PM

I agree. I suffered from not being able to read or do math(basically school in general) and now I can. I think it teaches you to be stronger mentally and physically or it can. I mean alot of time people with disabilities(Not that mine are or were ever as bad as others) have to deal with a lot of things others don't so we have to learn to live with things/overcome things.

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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 27th 2009, 09:11 PM

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No you're not odd. I sometimes feel like I want to be deaf, I mean it'd be amazing. Not being able to hear, complete quietness all the time. You could be in your own world with nobody ever bothering you. Deaf people are nice, did you notice that? Think about it.
I agree with you.
My boyfriends younger sister is deaf. She has a cochlear implant so she can hear and then she takes it off to sleep, she can sleep anywhere!!

If anyone takes her implant off without telling her she freaks, I can't even begin to think about how scary it must be for her when that happens. I do think it is great she can take it off when she wants peace and quite though.

Anyway to answer the original question, I definitely agree. I am not disabled myself but my boyfriends sister has a much better life than me and she is 9. She is so determined to be normal and not let her disability stop her. She goes horse riding, brownies, kick boxing, swimming, rock climbing and she is a member of the Liverpool Signing Choir. She has performed at Wembley!!!
She goes to two schools, a normal one and a specialist deaf school and has soooo many friends, she is just so kind and giving. Also she understands that her speech is bad so she doesn't mind repeating herself slowly for others, I always felt bad asking her to repeat herself but she has told me she doesn't mind.

She doesn't let people staring at her implant bother her at all and she has dealt with bullies so well (once she just took her implant off and couldn't hear them anymore).
She is so determined and she desperately wants to go to the local comprehensive high school and not the deaf one, she has difficulty learning because she is deaf so it would be difficult but she wants to at least try.
   
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Re: Does anyone else feel.... - June 28th 2009, 10:42 AM

when i was at my first college they told me i couldnt go onto the next course due the fact that i have learning disabilitys but i went to a different college completed the course and and am now on the next course so i showed them wrong. but in school i was told i would get a g in maths because of maths dyslexia/discalculia i got an e maybe a f in maths which for me is good i never understood maths.
   
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