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Dear Medical Students: I'm a Disabled Person, Not a Lab Specimen

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Growing up with cerebral palsy, I went to the doctor more times than I can count. Each time I visited my orthopedic surgeon at a teaching hospital, the med students would come in, do their thing, go out to talk to the real doctor, and then they’d all come back in and tell me what they thought.

When I graduated high school, my orthopedic surgeon told me I only needed to come back if I was having troubles since I stopped growing after puberty.

I thought the days of feeling like a teaching object were over. Like many people I’ve heard of with cerebral palsy, even though my brain damage has stayed the same since I was a kid, the overall toll my body has taken from the years of abuse it has endured due to its inability to move efficiently has

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