Guest post by Judy Freed
The Power of This Pause
For just a moment, there is a pause.
A pause from the years of well-intended, ill-informed inquiries:
“So, what have you been up to lately? What do you do for fun? See any good movies? Go anywhere exciting? Get together with any friends?”
For this moment, nobody is asking me these questions. Instead, there is an awareness that “normal” day to day life has been interrupted. The questions now are almost always something like: “How are you doing?” “How are you holding up?” “Are you ok?”
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Posted in Accessibility, Community, Disability, Human Rights, Writing
Tagged ableism, chemical sensitivity, coronavirus, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, invisible barriers, invisible disabilities, isolation, MCS, mental health, quarantine, social
There have been several articles in the news lately about the experiences of people who have been forced to endure quarantine or social isolation due to the coronavirus.
Many other people are worried about having to stay at home for a couple of weeks, without access to their regular activities, because they have never had to think about what it’s like, but some of us (indeed millions around the world) have been forced to stay confined and isolated, sometimes for most of our lives! Our stories are seldom told, and when they are told, they’re often dismissed as anomalies and quickly forgotten.
When I saw the following articles, I felt the need to add a different perspective.
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Posted in Accessibility, Environment, Environmental Health, Health Care, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility, allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, coronavirus, environmental sensitivities, invisible disabilities, isolation, MCAS, MCS, ME/CFS, multiple chemical sensitivities, quarantine, social distancing, solitary confinement, toxic trespass