Despite the title, I will try not to make this blog all about me. We shall see.
I am not planning for this to be about my own experience of chronic pain, or about awareness. This is because, quite frankly, I don’t owe anyone an explanation and it is not my job to explain to others, or for that matter, to prove to others, that chronic pain exists. I’m tired of that bollocks.
There is an ideology that is present in neoliberal “democratic” societies, that promotes the empowerment of the individual. This idea is prominent in disability discourse, especially in social media, and is very damaging to those of us whose reality is far from the glossy pictures shown in “inspiration porn” memes. The message is, if you just try hard enough, you can achieve anything society tells you it is necessary to achieve in order to be happy and successful. This is Bollocks. The flip side is, of course, that if you fail, it is your own fault, that there is something intrinsically wrong with you, that you are a lazy, bad, person.
This is ideology. This is Bullshit. This causes mental illness. This breaks people. This broke me.
Fuck off, I’m in Pain, and even if I wasn’t, Fuck off anyway!!