I AM NOT DISABLED!

Sarah Dan-Legogie
Posted May 12, 2017 from Nigeria

Often times i have had to refrain myself from shouting out loud ' I AM NOT DISABLED" each time i encounter people who refer to me (as i am physically challenged) or others in my condition as 'Disabled man/woman".

"There! the disabledone" they say as they stir at youwhen you show up in a wheelchair in public places trying to lead a normal life. Buttell me,how can a person with a sound and able mind be disabled? Since when didthe world attribute ability to physical perfection alone? How about the sound mind a physically imperfect body, or the unsound mind/organs ina physically perfect or unchallenged body?

The society where i live seems to forget that there are some of us who cannot use the staircase, or regular convenience. You have to ask googlefor accessible banks,schools,shopping malls,parks and offices where you can submit your Curriculum Vitae for a job. It is such a exhaustive circleyou cannot begin to imagine.

But I have had to rise above the stigma and limitations set on my behalf by people withobvious disability of mindset, who choose to determine to what extent i can be productive to myself and society. I chose to live a purposeful life by breaking out of the box of " she cannot go beyond this" to " i can do all things" and this is the resolve that has brought me thus far.

I am a wife anda mother, running a home with a full time job along with it. Ido my chores, yes! and i am not intimidated because i do it differently as long as i achieve the same results.

If you are physically challengedor dealing with a form of disability, i am speaking to you. You live with it, but you are not it! and you can decide if you will let it rule your life or you will thrive above it.Break away from the opinion of seemingly "PERFECT PEOPLE" and have the courage to make a difference in your life daily.

LIVE!

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Austina
May 12, 2017
May 12, 2017

Dear Sarah,

Bravo! You are surely ABLE!

Your positive outlook to life is infectious, keep it up!

If you are in Lagos, can I meet you? Just to hold your hand, look into your eyes and say to you, 'You are able!'

Blessings

Sarah Dan-Legogie
May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017

Thank you for your encouragement.

Sarah Dan-Legogie
May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017

Now i really do wish. But i live in Abuja. We will find a way yes?

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
May 12, 2017
May 12, 2017

Sister Ihyaye,

Such passion, such fight, such positivism, such inspiration and motivation which came out in this piece. You are truly breaking barriers and removing labels. Use your voice, make a difference, touch hearts and minds and break the stereotyping. Indeed we all have some type of disability seen or unseen, physical or emotional, financial or educational, and we must not allow those disabilities to define us.

Continue your journey, share your stories and motivate others to LIVE!

Jill Langhus
May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017

Hi Ihyaye. Welcome to World Pulse:-)

Sarah Dan-Legogie
May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017

Thank you.

Jill Langhus
May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017

You're welcome:)

AmberD
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017

Ihyaye, What an inspirational story to each and everyone of us with our humanly imperfections.  Love your positive outlook! 

Austina
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017

Dear Ihyaye,

Will find a way to see you when next I'm in Abuja then. I hope it is sometime this year.

Blessings

Edinah
May 21, 2017
May 21, 2017

Ihyaye, as I was reading your post, I found myself going back and forth from the text to the picture because your smile is so captivating and I think it captions your inner and outer beauty. I just want to say, your post has inspired me to mind my language when I see or talk to others no matter their challenges.

love,

Edinah

bridggyella
Feb 28, 2018
Feb 28, 2018

Hello Ihyaye,

I am so happy i introduced you to world pulse, because you are already touching lives. i am sure a lot of people are encouraged and inspired with your empowering story.

You have written a beautiful piece and thank you for sharing . i look forward to reading more from you.

Cheers,

Bridggyella