My friend Anne has allowed me to share her story here on my blog. Please take a moment to learn more about living with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy.
We all make assumptions about others based on our own life experiences. Sometimes assumptions are helpful. Many times they are not.
The physical challenges faced by those with a disability are many but they can usually be overcome. It is the attitudinal barriers that are difficult to deal with. It is the attitudinal barriers that ultimately isolate and break the spirit.
The thoughts and stories I have shared are not things I usually talk about. This is a very personal piece but my reasons for completing the work are not personal. My intension is to “shed some light”…”create awareness”….of the damaging consequences that can result when people make assumptions …especially as they relate to individuals with a disability.
I hope my story will encourage reflection and dialogue.
Anne HarlandCanadian FSHD NetworkCaledon, Ontario905 firstname.lastname@example.org