Sunday, February 7, 2010

Talking about disability

In her book The Rejected Body, Susan Wendell wrote “experiences of living with a disability are not by their nature private, separable from the rest of life and the rest of society. They can and should be shared throughout the culture as much as we share experiences of love, work, and family life” (1996, 66-67).

I love this quote. In society, there is this idea that if sick people, especially sick women, talked about their health less, then they wouldn't feel so sick. This is a lie. But it's a lie that hurts. This quote makes me feel better about choosing to talk openly about my health.


  1. I like it!

    I am a full believer in talking about what is wrong...I often get the "you're crazy", but there is a sense of lessening the pain by making your voice heard :)

  2. Excellent quote! I am glad I have found your blog! Cheers!