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.
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