With all the energy we spend managing the many symptoms of our various illnesses and disabilities, it’s a miracle that so many of us find the strength to pursue our professional goals, either out of necessity or because we refuse to give up on our dreams. So what exactly is different when you’re a disabled worker rather than able-bodied worker?
When I was in drama school I didn’t know I had a disability. I had chronic pink-eye, a back injury that put me in a brace for 6 months, knee problems, constant foot pain, sun-induced eczema, 3 months of bronchitis, severe insomnia, allergies, and crippling anxiety. I just didn’t know why.