Journey to Independence: supporting people living with disability #TogetherUnstoppable

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I am not someone who you might think of as living with disability. But I am someone who lives with disability, a hidden disability – Reactive Hypoglycemia.

Before I acquired this hidden disability, I – like many – took my independence for granted. I did what I wanted, how I wanted, when I wanted. Now every day I walk a blood sugar tight rope. I wobble along it hoping I won’t be tipped over the edge, and rendered effectively useless for the rest of the day.

1 in 5 of us will acquire a disability in our life

And I am one of them. My life has been flipped upside down over the last year, and will never be the same again. Every single decision I make – like the choice to see friends, exercise, go away, eat out – can become a challenge, and often a non-event, because of it. There are good days, and there are bad days. There are days when I hardly notice it, and days when I am next to defunct. It’s too easy to become frustrated by the chaos that silently reigns inside my body. Every day I work fiercely to make it a day where my body is on my side. Where I can push through and live a close to normal life as is possible.

Together Unstoppable

That’s why I am shouting loud about Leonard Cheshire’s new hard hitting film “Journey to Independence”, and the launch of a new nationwide campaign ‘Together, Unstoppable’.

The 60′ film – created by award winning creative agency Don’t Panic and produced by Stink Films – takes us through the journey of one man’s recovery from accident to job interview. Focusing on the different stages of rehabilitation, the film aims to convey how people can be supported in each sequence of this story. To live, learn and work, and the monumental impact that such an experience has on an individual.

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living with disability

“Eight in 10 people living with disability weren’t born with it. Everyone will know someone, a friend or a family member, who has experienced this. It can happen to anyone and often is as a result of accidents, strokes, heart attacks or other health conditions” said Sonia Triki, Head of Individual Giving at Leonard Cheshire.

Supporting Journeys towards Independence

Leonard Cheshire’s new overarching strategy of ‘Supporting Journeys towards Independence’ details how they aim to support people living with disability. So they can live, learn and work independently.

Whether people are born with or acquire a disability, everyone has the right to live as independently as they choose, regardless of circumstance. Having the right support and understanding can make ALL the difference through what is often a very isolating and difficult experience. This is something I know only too well from my own personal journey. Living with a disability is one of the hardest things many people will have to face. That feeling of isolation, and people’s surprising attitudes towards you.

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living with disability

Live the life you choose

Thankfully, Leonard Cheshire is there to support them. They believe that everyone, whatever their ability, should get the same opportunity to live the life they choose. I do too.

Throughout the campaign, Leonard Cheshire will be asking the UK public to rally and support disabled people through this journey. You can do this by adding your names here and sharing their own stories. An amazing way to educate our society about disability don’t you think?

For disabled people, the hard work never ends. It’s time society worked harder for them.

We can all do this by helping to educate others by sharing the film by heading over to Facebook, YouTube (watch below) and Leonard Cheshire’s campaign page.

Let’s join together in providing people living with disability with opportunity, choice and support, and all of the things so many of us take for granted in life. Because together, we are unstoppable.

What do you think of this campaign to raise awareness of people living with disability? Are you someone living with disability? Or perhaps someone close to you is? Do leave a comment and share.

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20 comments

  1. My Dad has fibromyalgia, amongst other things. He has days where he can barely get out of bed and then other days that are much better. So many people have so-called invisible illnesses that really do affect their day to day lives.

  2. I work with people with disabilities and what you mentioned are all true. These people are actually trying their best to attain and still experience a quality life despite their situation.

  3. This is something so close to my heart. My younger brother was born with a disability that effects him everyday of his life. He underwent 17 surgeries before his tenth birthday. He lives in constant pain and some days he can barely walk. He has worked since he left college because it is important to him to be independent. The government recently tried to stop his disability living allowance. He fought it and went to court. The judge apologised to him for even having to go through the process and overturned the governments ruling, saying it was cruel and an unnecessary stress on my brother. It’s a very long way of saying the government need to support disabled people too and not make them feel so uncared for.

    • oh my goodness I am so sorry to hear that what an ordeal! It’s a constant struggle….what a terrible thing to have to go through. My mum is always so nervous when she has to renew her disability badge…people shouldn’t have to go through that! x

  4. I have arthritis and whilst I understand it is not a disability, it does limit some of the things I can do

    • I didn’t know that – again the invisible illnesses. I think it depends how severe it is. My mum’s is severe and it’s classified as a disability as it is debilitating for her most days.

  5. My sister had a stroke about 6 years ago and since she has had 2 kids. It is a very hard journey but with the support I think she is doing well. It’s not always easy for her but she is positive and had a great way of looking at life like yourself

    • Life can flip the switch all too quickly and it’s so important we realise just what an ordeal this shift change can be for people suddenly living with a disability. Your sister sounds like an incredible woman x

  6. Living with a disability can be so challenging, so anything that raises awareness and helps to start the conversation is so important!

    • My mum has the same issue – they just look at her and think she is fine because she looks it but is in next to crippling pain most of the time.

  7. Thank you so much for all your comments – it’s so important to amplify the message around this because just here alone in comments you can see how many people we know this touches x

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