Paralympians, I salute you
September 1, 2012 § 12 Comments
Here I am, whining about being ill, boo hoo me.
And out there are people who have had to overcome terrible physical problems and then all of the emotional and mental issues that surface when that happens.
Who have to deal with prejudice each day.
Who have to deal with the awful lack of facilities for disabled people in public places.
Who have to deal with loss and grief.
And yet, who have made a super human effort to overcome those hurdles and prove they are the best at what they do.
I want to extend an humbled awe, to not just the paralympians, but to anyone who has a disability, be that for a physical or medical reason and who manages by super human effort to move on in their lives, past their situation and still do amazing things.
But while I’m on, I also want to point out one other thing too. There was quiet demonstration going on against the company ATOS in the opening Ceremony this week, as also mentioned in this blog post (good read, by the way) Paralympics 2012 – Opening Ceremony.
ATOS have sponsored the ceremony and yet ATOS are also the company responsible for overseeing the current disability benefit assessment fiasco being carried out in the UK, where hundreds of thousands of genuinely disabled people, are being taken off benefits: Nice choice of sponsor, talk about rubbing it in.
Yet another hurdle placed in the way of people with disabilities and medical problems, at a time in their lives when they can least cope with it. It sickens me and I’m already sick.
Let’s end on a positive note and say good luck to all those amazing paralympians who show us what it is to be truly human.