26th July 2023
Living with disability brings such a different perspective. The things people take for granted are difficult, such as simply taking a shower. Chronic disease and illness not only bring an unrelenting range of symptoms but also sap energy and cause fatigue. Medication side effects contribute and expenses rise to run equipment; not all people are eligible for support and it is a daily battle.
The Quakers in Britain Swarthmore Lecture in 2023 shared Esther Loukin’s experiences and is open to everyone to watch on YouTube. Empathetically I found myself in an everyday, familiar territory, but it shouldn’t be like this.
Quakers reach out to all inclusively to embrace equality and improve our lives. We all have health issues with setbacks in life and we all respond differently to them. This doesn’t rise to judgement. I don’t compare my pain with others. Internally I have my own pain scale because I have experienced them all from a minimal 1 to an unconscious 10; this doesn’t mean that everyone’s scale carries the same symptoms.