"Don't you love it when you are at the bank and the teller turns and yells to you, "DO YOU UNDERSTAND?" I always say, 'I'm not sitting on my brains and my ears, I'm sitting on my ass."
"People tell me that I'm their hero because I go to the gym and work out, I tell them that if I'm going to be your hero buy me a freaking cape."
"After my workout I get in the pool and go for a swim. I do laps. I love it when some young guy comes along, muscles all pumped. He gets in the pool and sees me swimming and thinks that he can outdo me, I'm just a woman after all. Then after two laps he's gasping for air and I'm still going. Then I get out of the pool and lift myself into my wheelchair. 'Yeah, buddy you got beat by a woman and not only that she's a cripple."
"I hate it when I'm out waiting for the bus and I see someone, usually with a fancy car, pull into the disabled parking spots to drop off their kids. I went over to one guy and said, 'This is disabled parking, you shouldn't be using this space,' you know what he said to me, 'Why do they have disabled parking at a gym, what would disabled people need a gym for?' I didn't say anything, I just pointed down at my wheelchair, like could you maybe notice?"
I love it, just love it, when I meet someone with a disability who enjoys a disability chin wag. It's fun to just talk and laugh about the experiences we share. It just feels so liberating. I have to say though, for the people around listening to the conversation - I didn't put my half in - were a little bit shocked. I think primarily after they realized that we, the others, were making them 'others' for a change. And they didn't like the outsider status one bit.
I couldn't feel sorry for them though, I was just enjoying being 'in' from the 'out' side.