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It's Not Your Place to Disclose Someone's Else's Diagnosis

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It’s happened many times — I’ll be conversing with people I assume don’t know any of my diagnoses, and if my disability or mental illness comes up in conversation, their response tells me they definitely know about my health conditions.

But I didn’t tell them, so who did? I’ll spend a few seconds feeling uncomfortable, wondering if a family member disclosed one of my medical conditions, and then I’ll move on — albeit a little miffed that I didn’t have the opportunity to share my diagnosis on my terms.

Sometimes in these moments, though, I can’t stop questioning how my diagnosis came up without my knowledge. Who shared it? Did they casually mention my cerebral palsy or mental illnesses in conversation?

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