Read this! Care is not tragic…

Some people think they would rather die than have help brushing their teeth – but care is not tragic

Written by Lucy Webster

This wonderful article was written by political journalist, writer and disability advocate, Lucy Webster, who explains how positive it can be to have Personal Assistants supporting her.

Some people think they would rather die than have help brushing their teeth – but care is not tragic

Lucy Webster

For disabled people like me, care can be brilliant and has enabled me to experience university, holidays abroad and nights out dancing with pals. There is nothing to pity in that.

I’ve seen it so many times: the head tilt, the look of concern and sympathy. You would think I had just announced a family bereavement, rather than mentioned that, because of the nature of my disability, I need 24-hour care.

This response is not unusual. The thought of a relatively young person (I’m 27) needing care generates pity like nothing else. Behind the condescension, I suspect there lurks a specific dread: the reminder that, one day, you too could need care. The horror!

Read the full article here in the Guardian

Share this article on: