Heartbreaking accounts of what it's like to live with a disability

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Thousands of people live every day with disabilities that affect all of their interactions and encounters. Many are confined to wheelchairs or canes and struggle just to complete simple daily tasks that others take for granted. In addition to physical restrictions, many people with disabilities struggle with confidence issues and insecurities. They're looked at differently by friends and strangers alike and the attention can be both saddening and infuriating. Several people with disabilities took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to share heartbreaking accounts of what it's like to live their lives.

Disabilities can certainly affect people's dating lives:
I feel like no one would ever really want to date me because I'd be a burden or I'm more trouble then I'm worth. I have a physical disability that causes me to be in a wheelchair.

People who may be passionate about working are often inhibited by their disabilities:
I feel guilty taking money from the government just because of my disability, all I want to do is work and be able to support myself.  But I can't because employers see me as a liability.

Some people's reactions to encountering disabled people are quite uncalled for:
You know what makes me mad, when people purposely stay away because of my disability. You can't catch amputation 🙅

It can cause certain insecurities that others don't have to deal with:
I'm disabled, and I'm terrified my boyfriend will leave me for someone with better health

It can be extremely frustrating and suffocating, especially when people have higher aspirations:
I don't talk to my brother anymore because I'm jealous that his life is successful while I'm disabled at home. He has everything I've ever wanted and I can't stand it.

Fitting in may feel like an impossibility:
I'm disabled and avoid interacting with people because I feel like everyone thinks I don't belong.

Disabled people may try to convince themselves that they don't want the things they believe they can't have:
I always say I don't wanna get married or anything. Truth I've made myself believe it because I'm disabled and know chances are I'll never be married and no woman will want me

They appreciate people's kindness, but they yearn to do some things for themselves:
Just because I'm disabled doesn't mean I'm helpless. It's a nice gesture but I have fought hard for my independence, please try to understand that.

The attention can be overwhelming and upsetting:
 I hate to leave the house. It isn't a germ thing, it's because I'm disabled and people stare at me and judge me. I've dealt with it my whole life and I just don't have it in me anymore.

It can be a painful, lonely life without the necessary love and support:
I'm disabled and endure many painful procedures. I push all my loved ones away so I'm not a burden to them But I'm so lonely

While some try to assert their independence, others require more help to feel capable and fulfilled:
There's always this expectation that because I'm living with a disability I'm supposed to try my best to be independent and deny help from anyone. But really, all I want is to be taken care of.

The limitations can be detrimental to one's confidence:
Not being able to get my driver's license because of my disability makes me feel like less of a man.

For more disability confessions, ​check out Whisper.

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