Disabled People Want To Meetup Too! Pages

This Meetup is for those of us who have a disability, whether visible or invisible. We meet every Thursday from noon to 5:00 in a room we have been given ("Connections") by the South Fellowship church, which is located on South Broadway just a few doors from the Solid Grounds coffee house. This group has no church affiliation.

My Story:
One typical Thursday afternoon I was at work (as I had been for 27 years) when I was told by my neurologist to stay home for 3 months. He had watched for years as the stress of my job took an increasing toll on my health and when I called him that afternoon he put his foot down ~ the progressive illness (MS) that I had since being diagnosed in 1985 had finally led to my being disabled.

What happened then surprised me - a lot! Over night I ceased to exist. People I had known and worked closely with for years either ignored me or talked down to me. I felt like a child who had done something bad, REALLY bad. Most of my friends/coworkers forgot that I existed and I was at home with no friends, no idea where my life was headed, no future!

So, I created this group one Saturday in October, 2009, when I was feeling really puny and alone and voila! I have made many wonderful new friends who understand me! My only desire was to make one new friend. I was desperate to connect with another human being who could understand me. I didn't want to be analyzed, lectured to, or criticized. I was tired of being patronized and belittled by "normal" people who asked questions that struck me as being really idiotic [what do you do all day to keep from being bored?], critical [don't you want to work anymore?], or just amazing [are you enjoying your time off?] -- HUH!!! I would do almost anything to be back at work. I wanted some semblance of my old life back!

If my story made sense to you and you found yourself nodding your head as you read it, I hope you will join us. You won't be judged or analyzed but you will meet some fantastic people who have been where you are and won't ask any stupid questions. laughing

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Our Sponsors

  • NeuroSync Industries

    Enables the group's membership, web accessibility, and seasonal events.

  • South Fellowship Church

    Provides a wonderful room for our meetups. (no affiliation)

  • The Solid Grounds Coffee House

    An early supporter of our facility and coffee/snack needs since 2010.

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