I’ve spent my entire adult life in a wheelchair, and I’m one of the lucky ones.
The odds are, you too have had to endure the daily grind of daily living in a disability-inclusive society.
But the struggle isn’t one you can easily ignore.
The challenges and limitations are endless, and you’ve likely never even considered the possibility.
A lot of the obstacles and challenges in my life are inextricably tied to how much money I have.
I’m not the only person with a disability who’s dealing with these issues.
Many of us have to make sacrifices to get by.
I also have a lot of experience with disability-related expenses and financial aid.
For me, this means going to the doctor and seeing a specialist more than once a month.
You can’t go to a gym and run 10 miles a day every day.
You can’t sit on the couch and watch a movie every day and keep it on.
In addition, I can’t always afford to purchase the necessities for my daily life.
When I was young, I didn’t have a car or a bicycle.
I didn of course ride my bike around town.
But I have to deal with a constant barrage of traffic.
If I get lost, I have no idea where to turn.
If I get home late at night, I’m stuck in traffic for an hour.
If my house catches fire, I don’t have time to put out the fire.
As a result, I’ve had to adjust my routine.
Recently, I started getting more exercise.
Instead of staying up late, I got up early to go out for some exercise.
This has made me feel more physically fit and less stressed.
At the same time, I also found myself spending more time in the comfort of my home.
While my disability-adjusted income is higher than most of my peers, I still don’t get to enjoy all the luxuries and perks of a life without a disability.
In order to support myself financially, I usually have to take on additional medical costs.
This means that I’ve always had to do things like paying for my medications or paying for some of my own groceries.
Even though I’m getting a disability insurance plan, I often have to do the bulk of my expenses on my own.
These expenses add up quickly and take up a large chunk of my overall budget.
And that’s before I even factor in how much of an emotional burden it can be on me to get to the hospital for appointments.
Once you’ve found the savings and expenses that will help you, you can make some major life changes that can really change your life.
This article was written by Sarah Tovar, a disability and life coach based in Washington, D.C. You can find Sarah on Facebook and on Twitter.
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