This week on Disabled and Proud Brooke Millhouse is joined by Ant Andrews. Ant is incredibly open regarding his disability. He no longer has a large intestine, which means he wears a stomach bag. I had so many questions regarding his disability and his stomach and he answered each one with such grace. He is potentially the first guest who also asked me questions regarding my disability. I loved having Ant on the show. He is really open about how this can be quite an embarrassing disability, but he wants to help fight the stigma that can come with an invisible disability.
In this episode you will hear:
Ant talks from the perspective of someone who was not born with a disability. His doctors and medical practitioners said he's considered disabled now and can qualify for disability benefits. Brooke shares how fitness became a big part of her life and her journey as a disabled person. She talks about not thinking about getting back into fitness as a ‘me’ thing but as a ‘we’ thing - she sees herself as an example for other people who look like her to look to. Conditions affect people in different ways. They cover the imposter syndrome that came with comparing their struggles with others and feeling that they didn’t have it as bad as others. The various immunosuppressants and medications the doctors would convince Ant to take. He speaks about how complicated his drug regimen became throughout his treatment. Having a disability doesn’t define you as a person and should not be the only thing people see when they see you. People with disabilities are still people with lives and personalities. Enjoyed this show? Tell us your favourite moment by connecting with Brooke via https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/
About This Show:
Disabled and Proud is the show that brings listeners a different perspective on disability. Each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves.
The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational.
Disabled & Proud does exactly what is says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without need to conform for society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”.
As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!
Conditions affect each person differently; you shouldn’t compare your struggles and experiences with another person’s. Despite how the media portrays it, having a disability can have its perks. Resources
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