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Open Your Minds

parachute-mdOver the past few weeks, I have noticed more blogs by people on others having issues with the disabled, where we park, leaving notes on our cars and being down right small minded. I came across the following quote which I think says it all.

“Minds are like parachutes, they only work when open.” – Thomas Dewar

It is almost like some people are disabled-phobic, if that is even a word. If not it’s mine. People need to be more open minded and not just “assume” that what they’re looking at is exactly what their seeing. As myself, @ejourneys, Jane (@jbones1961) and Denise have said, one does not have to have visible signs of a disability to be disabled. They can have a disability that does not show such as chronic pain, heart or lung issues, back issues and many, many other issues.

So to those of you who make comments, judge or think you know, you don’t. Please open your hearts and Open Your Minds. If you’re not sure, ask questions.

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About Richard

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My name is Richard (@kreisr1), I am a partial caregiver to my mother who has COPD among other health issues.  I am also a co-caregiver for my brother in-law who has had epilepsy his entire life and now after living alone, in a care facility and a group home setting we had to move him in with us to provide him with the care he needs.  Finally, with my wife who is also my co-caregiver I care for myself, I have had chronic pain (mid-low back) for 21-1/2 years thanks to a drunk driver.  I write my own blog, where I share my pain with humor, as I see thing, "Pain Without Humor is Just Painful."  I am involved with in several ways, as well as participating in several of the weekly blogs, I also am involved in their Twitter chats, I also host the following groups, SPOT (Stamp Procrastination Out Today), A Task A Day, The Men's Group, Healthy Caregiver and several others.  I am also the moderator for the Quiz Show and have a seat on the bi-monthly Hot Topic's show. I'm here to not only improve Roberts life, the lives of those I touch on and but to find a way to improve my own live.


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    I totally agree with you Richard. My son and I made a trip to Wal-Mart not long ago. He has a wheelchair accessible van with a side loading ramp and handicap plates and a handicap sticker on the door. He was driving, and could not find an empty space that wasn’t filled with carts or cars so he decided to park out at the end of the lot where there were no other cars around. He parked in two spaces so that no-one would park next to the door with the ramp. When we came out to load up his groceries, we found a note on the window which read “please don’t take up two spaces, signed management.” Really?!

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    If we could lose weight by jumping to conclusions, we’d all be skinny! ;-)

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    From watching the stares, feeling the “humiliation” of my husband, and ignoring the whispers too often…..Thank you Richard!

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