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Re: Do We Treat Disabled Persons Differently? Or are we just Scared?

Re: Do We Treat Disabled Persons Differently? Or are we just Scared?

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Posted by Erik on January 19, 2000 at 02:38:04:

In Reply to: Re: Do We Treat Disabled Persons Differently? Or are we just Scared? posted by Belinda on October 21, 1999 at 05:56:37:

: I have been reading the posts entitled, "Are Disabled
: Persons treated Differently?" I am not disabled, but
: I am an RN who takes care of a lot of patients with
: "special" needs. I think that before I was exposed to
: the patients I take care, I was just like everyone else
: mostly scared....We live in a society where everything
: that is adored has to be beautiful, young, & perfect!
: Just watch the people scurry around for those wrinkle creams, liposuction, makeup, etc.! Just when we all
: think we have achieved our version of perfection, we
: happen to see a person who is "different", they aren't
: perfect, or maybe they have some physical imperfection
: that affects how they move their body, or walk, maybe
: they are unable to walk at all. I think that because
: we are afraid of anything different, we distance our-
: selves from anyone who is different. And that's really
: too bad, because since I've been taking of these great
: people I take care, my life has more beauty in it, more
: grace, & I consider it a blessing to work with them. I
: no longer view beauty as an outward thing, I look inside to the heart & soul of the person I am dealing
: with....and many times, I feel inadequate to meet some
: of their needs. My patients can't all walk, some can't
: feed themself, a couple are amputees, many are retarded
: and vulnerable. I am so grateful that God gave me their
: "beauty" to share in my life. Remember, God Don't Make
: Any Junk"! All He does is present other versions of
: beauty, it's too bad us "normal" folks ignore them for
: most of our lives. I have two grandchildren, & you know
: what? They only see the person behind the disability,
: and so they are not afraid! They are free to enjoy yet
: another one of God's beautiful creations, & I intend
: for them to keep that freedom from fear. Maybe we should all go back to being a child again? Sorry for
: ranting, I needed to say this. Because before

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