About a year ago I was asked a question "Do you consider yourself to be disabled ?"
I took me a while to answer as it was such an intriguing question that I have been pondering it and the question of how do we class ourselves ? Like most of us I am in the limbo world of not being fit for work but not receiving any medical treatment. So are we injured, ill or sick or well ?
I have trouble reconciling both of these as both injuries and sickness normally have a treatment plan and high rate of recovery.
It is like the question on being disabled, it isn't that we can't do things, we can do things sometimes well, sometimes slowly, sometimes - you get the picture.
Professor Stephen Hawking has a better brain than most of us put together and the paralympic amputee runner Oscar Pistorius can run 100m in a time that most of us coudn't even do our shoe laces in. Whilst none woud argue that they aren't disabled it does pose the question on that absolute label "disabled"
Whilst no one wants to be labelled or pigeon holed, I find really difficut to find words amongst the thousands in the English dictionary that describe us.
How do you class yourself - sick, ill, disabled or something else ?