Let’s Not Discount the Effect of Ableism on Our Emotions

Let’s Not Discount the Effect of Ableism on Our Emotions

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Let’s Not Discount the Effect of Ableism on Our Emotions

Those of us with myasthenia gravis (MG) sometimes blame the disease for causing negative emotional responses. But this can be an unhealthy and misguided approach. Sure, our adverse reactions to problems associated with MG may reflect our grief in response to illness. But some negative emotions are caused and perpetuated by ableism. Our distress may reveal built-up anger as a result of widespread discrimination. Ableism favors nondisabled people, or those whose bodies continually perform well,…

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