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if this post doesn't belong here. i apologize. i was asked why don't i compete in the special olympics? i don't know why. but i was really insulted by this. maybe it's because i am focused on healing. maybe it's because physical disability is different. i don't know. any thoughts on this?

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I would feel insulted, too. You're right to focus on your healing -- very important! Anything I've seen about special olympics seems to be focused on young people overcoming their disabilities and moving forward. We are trying to re-learn things we've always known -- quite the struggle indeed!

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holy cow. I would totally feel insulted. I hope the person who said that to you meant it without ignorance. Just meaning because you are 'handicapped'. I would explain to that person that I'm so they are so misinformed about the many different types of disabilities. But I'm glad you are moving forward like Benni said.  

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I went to a stroke support group for a while after I got out of rehab, and one of our guest speakers spoke about equine therapy, (riding horses) and if/when the survivor was ready, to consider the Special Olympics.  Most of us were initially shocked; she spoke about the games not being only for the mentally challenged. It's unfortunate that that's what most people think of because that part of it makes the news; there's really so much more.

 

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Just now, smarshall said:

 she spoke about the games not being only for the mentally challenged. It's unfortunate that that's what most people think of because that part of it makes the news; there's really so much more.

 

 I always understood it to be for physically challenged. Had no idea it was for mentally challenged.

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Hi, It's nice to meet you.  

 

Because of my volunteer work, I know that the Paralympic Games are for the physically challenged.  Special Olympics are definitely for the intellectually challenged.  

Can I suggest you consider who asked you why you don't compete in the Special Olympics....If it was an individual who is intellectually challenged, I can assure you that it was not an intentional insult.  Otherwise, chalk it up to ignorance; unfortunately, a problem that stroke survivors are constantly facing.

 

Bravo to you for keeping your focus on overcoming your post-stroke challenges!  :smile:

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I think that it depends on the person's intent.  If the person sincerely thought that a challenge would help you, then just chalk it up to a person who meant well but it is just does not work for you. If the person was being sarcastic, then the person is a douchebag.  For myself, I am challenged everyday with dizziness and vertigo.  So, I looked at Neuro Physical therapy like training for the Olympics.  It is hard work because it makes you nauseous.  So, if  a person told me that I should train for Special Olympics, I would have taken it as encouragement.  Also, there are strokes that effect executive, emotional and cognitive thinking so for those survivors, Special Olympics may be a place for them.

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Toni, When I first read this person's comment, I was angered, but, on reflection, I think that it was made by an ignorant (as in unaware, misinformed) person, who lumps all people who are different from the norm into 1 category, and fails to even notice, or care, that there are differences between them. Idon't know if the remark was unkinly- I  think that depends on the context , or the circumstances at the time that the remark was made.  Becky

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Linnie,  I had no idea regarding the different Olympics.  that is good information to have in case someone else creates a statement again, now we will be prepared how to respond.  I believe many comments are probably made to help.  Due to lack of knowledge or understanding they say the wrong thing.  As it were, I did not know the differentiation and strokes are all so individualized.    Sorry, new member, that put you in this position.

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On 6/17/2017 at 10:43 PM, becky1 said:

Toni, When I first read this person's comment, I was angered, but, on reflection, I think that it was made by an ignorant (as in unaware, misinformed) person, who lumps all people who are different from the norm into 1 category, and fails to even notice, or care, that there are differences between them. Idon't know if the remark was unkinly- I  think that depends on the context , or the circumstances at the time that the remark was made.  Becky

Offending people was certainly not my intent.  Misinformation is misinformation.

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