Thursday, September 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Illustration of the time machine from the film "Time Machine"
A year ago in Disability Thinking: Normal People Sick. I guess I wasn’t feeling well. Also, “God damn these vampires."

I don’t know where or when I first ran across the phrase, “Normal People Sick.” I suspect it was on Tumblr, but I’m not sure. I do know that when I first read “Normal People Sick” I identified with it immediately. It’s a useful expression for disabled people. We need a way to distinguish between health problems that are an everyday component of our disabilities … like chronic pain … and the kinds of illnesses everyone gets … like colds and flu. The distinction doesn’t always mean much in practical terms, but I like how it helps reinforce the fact that disabilities are not illnesses, and that being sick is a very different experience from being disabled.


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