Pursuing a PhD and Battling an ‘Invisible Disability’

Not all disabilities are the same. Not all disabilities are considered disabilities. People have different definitions. The medical community itself has varying degrees of disability. There are invisible disabilities, permanent disabilities, temporary/reoccurring disabilities, and of course, mental disabilities.

A Hybrid Biomythography

 

Not all disabilities are the same. Not all disabilities are considered disabilities. People have different definitions. The medical community itself has varying degrees of disability. There are invisible disabilities, permanent disabilities, temporary/reoccurring disabilities, and of course, mental disabilities.

Mine falls under the category of chronic illness, reoccurring and, as I like to call it, random disability. This simply means that it comes and goes, pays me a visit from time to time, and at other times, leaves a lingering effect –a presence that demands to be carried within my body. Multiple Sclerosis is not always visible. Not every MS patient is severely disabled. It is, needless to say, incomprehensibly random. I have had days where I was unable to walk without using a cane, and days where I go for a morning jog with my dogs.

Diagnosed at what you might consider a very “young” age, I was eighteen…

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