Monday, July 14, 2008

Disability - A Secret to Share?

About 7 million people require some type of mobility help, a cane, walker, crutches or a wheelchair. Over 125 million Americans have a chronic condition, and some have more than one. Forty million are limited in their everyday lives, but some have no visible signs of a disability.

Many conditions, including MS, affect our lives without revealing characteristics to the public. Having an invisible disability has its advantages in a prejudiced society. An invisible disability means you can pass as "normal" in the working and social worlds. Others don't feel awkward around you, employers don't ask prying questions, people don't stare. All that sounds pretty good, and it's understandable to want to keep one's disabilities hidden.

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