It was a long night and day yesterday in the UK with some of us waking up to the horrid news that David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party will be our priminister again for the second term and what’s worse is that there is no coalition this time so it’s pure Tories!! As a young disabled woman living in central London this is really hard news to digest.. I have seen and experienced how much suffering sick and disabled people have gone through in the past 5 years and as a young person I have seen all the services that were helping me live a supported and progressive life vanish before my eyes… We have been treated like the lowest of low for being sick and not being ‘able’ to work! We are living in a country where people automatically believe sick/disabled people are just a drain to society or we are all lazy and just want to live on benifits! How are we MENT to work without support or suitable jobs!
I have been on benefits for maybe 7 years now.. I have never had a ‘real’ job as My illness progressed when I was 16. I would love to work but with my health conditions there is nothing out there right now that I can physically do or earn enough from. Saying all of that I don’t believe that I’m getting money from the government for not doing anything! I am a positive member of society that works as a person for the community! I volunteer as much as I can to local charity’s, I speak to and help as many people as I can about issues they are having! I educate people on my illnesses and disabilities, I am always there for my friends and family and most of all I am there for disabled/sick people! So many disabled/sick people really help and support each other! I think that’s the biggest ‘job’ of all! We shouldn’t be named unemployed benefit receivers we should be called ‘undercover heros’ or ‘expert advisor to the people’ lol no one with an ‘official’ job can do the work we do to support and educate each other! I honestly think if we didn’t communicate with others or just sat in a dark room quiet it would be a very horrible and a hard world out there! We are the experts and I think its about time we get recognised for it!! We need a disabled revolution! We need to stop all this bull shit thinking others have of us! We are not benefit scroungers, we are not useless but WE ARE the soldiers that show everyone that you can do anything you put your mind to! WE ARE the fire that burns through all the bullshit and WE ARE some of the most important and influential people in society!
I know it can be hard to stay positive but we need to! Even with the government we have today we are still lucky to live in a country where people do support us and we are lucky to have free health care and financial help! Allot of countries don’t have this! So we do need to praise the good while recognising the bad but don’t let the government make us disabled! We are amazing people with soo much knowledge and power! So I say fuck all the nagetivity and bullshit and join together to show everyone what we are made of and why we are key to the running of this country!!! We will stick together and rise together and do anything in our power to stop any injustice thrown our way! The next five years are gong to be very interesting! So lets continue to be open and out there! Fight for what you believe in and continue to reach out to everyone you can! We are the force for change and equality! We are the soldiers and most importantly we are the PEOPLE!
So let your voice out in any way you can and fight for what’s right!!!
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