Interesting post. I absolutely consider myself partially disabled. And I care less and less what people think.
I'm grateful for what I can do - as you said, Booklvr, walking is a biggie, of course - but there are so many things I can't, that someone looking at me would never guess....like lifting a 2-lb can from the counter to the cupboard without inflaming my whole left side for days,
opening heavy doors, sitting on the floor (or even getting down to it.) And the fog - - I won't even go there!
That eliminates most jobs. I've managed to keep subbing in elementary schools (marginally) but even then, there are things I have to ask someone else to do...such as moving "heavy" books...
I doubt I could get disability, because I probably haven't made enough....Catch-22....at least, that's what the one lawyer I ran it by said. One of these days I'll have to pursue it, but as you said, it's quite the process. My SIL got full disability the first time she applied - without a lawyer - (but then, she'd worked a ton during her lifetime and was a proficient saleswoman, so this kind of thing was like falling off a log to her.)
It is painful to admit to ourselves that we can't do the things we used to! But there comes a point when pushing too hard robs us of what vitality we CAN still have, and that's what's so difficult to gauge.
All this is hard enough without worrying about
what others think....and I've found that most of the time, they really don't care anyway, they're too busy with their own lives and will forget us momentarily...strangers, anyway....family and friends who refuse to accept us as we are is another matter.
Sweet dreamies to all.
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