I used to be able-bodied. I could do anything I wanted, go anywhere I wanted, and never had to think about my physical limitations. But then, one day, everything changed. I became disabled, and my life was turned upside down.
Now, I have to think about my every move. I have to plan ahead and consider my limitations. But even though my life is different, it doesn’t mean it’s any less rich or full. In fact, becoming
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How my life changed when I became disabled-
When I was younger, I never imagined that I would one day be disabled. I was always active and healthy, and I didn’t think that anything could ever change that. But then, one day, everything did.
I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down. It was a life-changing event that completely transformed my world.
Before the accident, I was always on the go. I loved to travel and explore new places, and I was always up for a new adventure. But now, my life is very different. I can no longer travel like I used to, and many of the things that I used to enjoy are no longer possible for me.
Despite these challenges, however, I have learned to adapt and make the best of my situation. I have found new hobbies and interests that keep me busy, and I have made some amazing friends who understand what it’s like to live with a disability.
My life may not be what I thought it would be, but it is still good. And I am grateful for all of the lessons that this experience has taught me.
The challenges I face as a disabled person-
The challenges I face as a disabled person are both physical and mental. I have to constantly think about how I am going to do things that most people take for granted like getting dressed or taking a shower. I also have to be very careful not to overdo it and risk injuring myself.
How my disability has affected my relationships-
When I became disabled, it changed my relationship with my family and friends. I used to be very independent and now I need help with everyday tasks. My parents have become my primary caregivers and my friends are now my support system. I’ve had to rely on them more than ever before.
My disability has also affected my love life. I used to date regularly but now it’s harder to find someone who is willing to accept me for who I am. I’ve had to adjust my expectations and be more open to dating someone with a disability.
Overall, becoming disabled has been a challenge but it has also made me appreciate the people in my life who have been there for me.
The ways in which I have had to adapt my life-
The ways in which I have had to adapt my life since becoming disabled have been both physical and mental. I have had to change the way I live in order to cope with my new circumstances. Some of the physical changes I have made include:
-Installing ramps and handrails in my home
-Purchasing a wheelchair
-Making my home more accessible by moving furniture and installing door widening strips
Mentally, I have had to come to terms with the fact that I can no longer do certain things that I used to take for granted, such as walking or running. This has been a difficult adjustment, but it is one that I have slowly been able to make. In addition, I have found that there are many things that I can still do, despite my disability. For example, I am still able to read, write, and use the Internet. By making these adjustments, I have been able to live a relatively normal life.
The support I have received since becoming disabled-
Since becoming disabled, I have received a lot of support from family, friends, and my community. This support has been vital in helping me adjust to my new life and cope with my disability. I am extremely grateful for the love and care that I have received.
The positive aspects of my new life-
There are many positive aspects to my new life as a disabled person. I have found that I have more time to enjoy the simple things in life, and that I am no longer rushed or stressed out all the time. I have also found that I am more appreciate of the things that I do have, and that I am no longer taking my health for granted. In addition, I have found that I am more compassionate and understanding towards others who are disabled or have chronic illnesses.
The ways in which I am learning to cope with my disability-
When I was younger, I never thought much about my health. I was always relatively active and had no major health concerns. However, everything changed when I became disabled.
I am now learning to cope with my disability in many different ways. I am learning to be more patient, more accepting of help, and more grateful for the things that I can still do. I am also learning to be more mindful of my own limitations and to take things one day at a time.
It hasn’t been easy, but with the help of my family, friends, and therapist, I am slowly getting used to this new chapter in my life.
The challenges I still face on a daily basis-
Being disabled has changed my life in many ways. I used to be very independent and now I need help with everything. I have to rely on other people for everything. I can’t do anything on my own. This is really hard for me because I used to be so independent.
The other thing that has been really hard is that I can’t do the things that I used to love doing. I can’t go for walks or runs like I used to. I can’t go swimming or hiking. All of these things were such a big part of my life and now I can’t do them.
The thing that has been the hardest though, is not being able to work. I was always so proud of my work and how well I did. It was a big part of my identity. And now I can’t do it anymore. That’s been really hard to adjust to.
The hope I have for the future-
It’s been three years since I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down. In that time, I’ve had to adapt to a completely new way of life. Some days are harder than others, but I’ve learned to find hope in the little things.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is learning how to accept help from others. For someone who was always so independent, it’s been tough to ask for assistance with everyday tasks. But I’ve come to realize that there’s no shame in asking for help when you need it.
Another challenge has been learning how to live with my new limitations. I used to be an active person, and I loved playing sports and hiking. Now, I have to find new ways to stay active and engaged in life. Luckily, there are adaptive sports programs for people with disabilities, and I’ve been able to stay involved in things that I love.
Despite the challenges, I’ve found that there are also many positive things about my new life. One of the best things is the community of people I’ve met who are also living with disabilities. It’s been so nice to meet people who understand what I’m going through and can offer support and advice.
I try to keep a positive outlook on life, because I know there are still so many things that I want to do. My accident may have changed my life in some ways, but it hasn’t changed my hopes and dreams for the future.
My advice for others who are newly disabled
My name is Jane, and I became disabled about five years ago. I remember how overwhelmed I felt when I first got my diagnosis. Suddenly, everything in my life was different. I had to learn how to do everything all over again, from the simplest things like cooking and cleaning to more complicated things like budgeting my money and getting around town. It was a lot to take in, and I felt like I was constantly being bombarded with new challenges.
But I want to let you know that there is hope. Things do get better. With time, you will learn how to adapt to your new life and you will find a new normal. Here are some pieces of advice that have helped me along the way:
1) Don’t be afraid to ask for help: When you first become disabled, it can be hard to accept that you need help with things that you used to be able to do on your own. But it’s okay to ask for help, whether it’s from family and friends or from social services or other organizations. There is no shame in admitting that you need a little extra assistance; in fact, asking for help is a sign of strength.
2) Be patient with yourself: It’s going to take some time to get used to your new circumstances, and that’s okay. Don’t expect yourself to be perfect right away. Give yourself grace as you learn how to navigate your new life.
3) Advocate for yourself: It can be easy to feel like you’re not being heard when you’re dealing with doctors or government agencies or insurance companies. But it’s important to speak up for yourself and make sure that your needs are being met. Don’t be afraid to assert yourself; you know what’s best for you better than anyone else does.
4) Stay positive: This might be the most important piece of advice of all. It’s easy to focus on all the ways that your life has changed for the worse since becoming disabled. But try to focus on the positive as well. There are still good things happening in your life, even if they look different than they used to. Look for the silver lining in every situation, and don’t forget to give yourself credit for how far you’ve come; living with a disability is not easy, but you’re doing it!