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Don’t Assume I'm Miserable Because I Use a Wheelchair

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One of the hardest things to deal with after developing a chronic illness has been people’s assumptions as they judge me and my illness — and more often than not, lump the two together.

Here are five ableist assumptions people make about my life — and what I wish they understood about my reality. 1. I must be lonely and have no friends.

As an introvert, I have always felt at ease in my own company, and often lonelier in social situations like parties or work events.

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