HANDICAPPED OR DISABLED

I NEVER THOUGHT IT MATTERED WHICH WORD, HANDICAPPED OR DISABLED, WAS USED. THEY’RE JUST WORDS THAT MEAN THE SAME THING. BUT WHEN WE WENT 2 SEA WORLD (WE HAD DINNER W/SHAMU, BTW), A LADY ASKED IF I WAS HANDICAPPED. THIS IS A COMMON ? ABOUT ME, & MY 1ST THOUGHT IS, “DUH, YEAH!” THEN I USUALLY FEEL HURT. IT OCCURED 2 ME WHY, THIS TIME. “HANDICAPPED” SEEMS DEROGATORY. “IS SHE DISABLED?” SOUNDS BETTER & IS EASIER 2 TAKE.

BTW, IF I CAN I TOOT MY OWN HORN, I’M SO PROUD HOW WELL I CONTROLLED MY PBA AT THE TEMPLE-I LEARNED SOME TRICKS, SO I FOUGHT MY TEARS AMAZINGLY WELL.

2 comments

  1. Jenny,

    It’s odd how two different words for the same thing can invoke a different reaction. Even in this day and age of political correctness, it’s sometimes difficult to know which term to use. I’m not sure I would have done better than the lady at Sea World, I’m sorry to say. I’m sure she didn’t mean to offend. Speaking of which, how were Shamu’s table manners?

    I’m glad you were able to control your emotions at the temple. That is often tricky for anyone, PBA or not!

    Love, Maria

  2. hi jenny! u dont know me but i had a stroke in oct 30 2005 & became locked – in.i am 24 & have a 5yr old son. i too was @ cleveland clinic. my aunts told me about u & we continue 2 check on your progress! u r doin great!! i also have a website: crissywilcox.com & e-mail me would love 2 hear from u!

    love,
    crissy

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