To make sure you all continue to have something to read during my writing hiatus, I'm happy to present to you a guest post I wrote for the social justice blog, 'Splain You A Thing. After you finish reading my article about the struggles of communicating about my disability with strangers and my grief over losing the ability to dance, I highly recommend you check out the work of Ania Bula and Sunflower Punk on this blog, and consider becoming a patron or donating to their Paypal. They do really important work and put out some of my favorite articles on the topic of disability.
CN: chronic pain, general discussion of disability and health issues
Three years ago, I began a chapter of my life in which I had a part time job, a full-time disability, and round the clock pain. I spent a lot of time thinking about my body, my pain, and grappling with how to balance acceptance for myself with maintaining quality of life.
It must be strange for you. You arrive at my weekly tango dance. I smile and say hello, I take your money. I’m there hosting every week for the full length of the event. In the middle of the week, you’ll get emails from me detailing special events, you’ll see my facebook posts and photos that I took of the dancers. Every Tuesday, you’ll dance to the music that I’ve chosen, and at the end of the night you’ll say to me, “Thank you so much for the music, I really enjoyed it.” You think to yourself, “she must put in hours of work every week to keep this...