They choose vanity, we choose life

This picture appeared on my facebook timeline this week....


I get a lot of medical pictures and information coming through my timeline, it's inevitable when you consider how medicalised our life has become.  But on closer inspection I discovered this is not a picture of two people on IVs in hospital.  No, this is the actor Ryan Phillipe and his girlfriend relaxing while having intravenous infusions of vitamins and fluids in order to give them an energy boost.

Take a stand for Daisy

Retard - that word hits me like a knife through the heart.  9 years ago it would not have.  I did not even know what the politically correct term to refer to what we now call learning disability was.  

I grew up in a time when  the word mongol for a child with downs syndrome, spastic for someone with cerebral palsy  were the accepted terms used by all.  In the playground we would let the words trip off our tongue without a second thought - spaz, thlid, mong.  It was the world we lived in at the time, we didn't really think about the meaning of what we were actually saying.

Thank goodness the world has moved on.  Thank goodness people took a stand and pointed out that these words were wrong, derogatory, insulting.



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