Effects Of Being Disabled, A Brain Tumour And Intractable Epilepsy On My Life

1186 Words Aug 24th, 2014 5 Pages
Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour and intractable epilepsy on my 19th birthday, I continued living as I had done previously for over one year. As my condition was persistently deteriorating, many aspects of my life were changed and I became subdued to the many barriers against continuing a normal life. I had to seize full-time work, which significantly altered my sociological identity. It was at this point that I succumb to identifying as disabled, began to truly accept my new sociological identities, and realise the many different impacts that being disabled has had on my life.

In retrospect, these identity changes where not so much formed due to my physical environment, but rather my sociological environment. Indeed, disability can be defined as having mental and physical characteristics that result in substandard job productivity or limited normal daily activities (Joly & Venturiello 2012, p. 335). However, as Allan (2010, pp. 606-609) explains, it is the structures in society that privilege one imperative over another, and thus, the ‘other’ becomes disabled within society. Therefore, disability is embedded in social structures rather than defective biologies (Snyder & Mitchell 2001, pp. 374-375). Through my experience, I do agree as the major conversion between non-disabled and disabled was due to social structures, not my physical condition itself. It is these structures that foster disablement as they shape the attitudes of society, which can be very…

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