[…] health is frequently presented as an absence of symptoms. No more soaring mania, no more blood, no more voices […] So many of us would rather soar and crash like Icarus than crawl the face of the earth like insects. What we crave is the wildness and the depth without the agony and destruction.
… I still do hate meltdowns. […] Meltdowns are hard, messy, frightening.
I still want to avoid having meltdowns. […] But I vow to honor and respect my meltdowns.
Meltdowns teach me what is too much for me and what my body can handle. […] Meltdowns teach me how to take care of myself.
part of living well as a person with a disability is accepting the body and the brain that you have, and working with it rather than against it.
Because you can’t live in an imaginary body; you can’t live in an abstraction. You have to live your own life, as you actually are. […] You can’t willpower yourself into being someone else.
part of living well as a person with a disability is accepting the body and the brain that you have […]
Even if the therapy helped you. Even if you gained new […] abilities. Even if you learned things from it you wouldn’t have learned without it. […]
You have to live your own life, as you actually are. And sometimes that involves medical treatment, sometimes it involves equipment, sometimes it involved therapy – but always, it involves reality.