This is a pet hate of mine.
I had an awful weekend. While researching for my Persistent Vegetative State support group I found a link to a site that displayed a range of photos depicting real people in PVS alongside other prominent people and celebrities that they obviously thought it funny to portray as being in PVS.
I was sickened and cried as I scrolled through the photos to see photos of PVS people that I know. I was so upset for the rest of the day and it is still affecting me.
What is funny about PVS?
Why do people describe people as 'vegetables' or say they are 'vegging out'? I have to assume that they are ignorant and have no real idea of what PVS is all about?
The 'vegetable' word has upset me ever since Ed became ill. I took part in a local radio debate last year that was about making fun of disabled people and got a lot of positive response.
On Sunday evening I was watching Dancing on Ice when a judge referred to a contestant as appearing to be in 'a locked-in syndrome'. I was dumbstruck. How rude and offensive a comment was that? I did what I felt was the right thing to do and made an official complaint to OFCOM.
One thing I have to keep telling myself is that for all those cruel people out there are far more nice ones.
Just had to get that off my chest.
Final memo to me 'there are more nice people than nasty ones'!!