Crip Theory

Don’t really know what ableism means? Maybe you don’t understand the different models of disability or just stuck on how to explain spoon theory. Then you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find all the information behind crip theory.

  • Why do I resent the healthy people in my life?

    Why do I resent the healthy people in my life?

    WHY DO I RESENT THE HEALTHY PEOPLE IN MY LIFE?

    Truth time, my rage towards those I call ‘free range humans’ sometimes engulfs me in a ball of fury. The whining when they get a cold or have gone for a run and ‘ache’ after really gets to me and sometimes I have to repeatedly remind myself it’s not their fault. On their scale of body pain and tiredness they feel bad, they can’t possibly know that their bad day would be a good day for many of us!

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  • Why do the tests keep coming back normal?

    Why do the tests keep coming back normal?

    WHY DO THE TESTS KEEP COMING BACK NORMAL?⁠

    Imagine you’re feeling unwell. You’ve waited and waited, the tests finally come back in and the receptionist cheerfully announces ‘they’re all clear, no follow up needed’. There is nothing more devastating than feeling your body at war with itself only to be told there is nothing showing up on the tests. But why does this happen so often with chronic illness?⁠

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  • Will I ever get better?

    Will I ever get better?

    WILL I EVER GET BETTER? ⁠

    If you (or someone you love) are new to chronic illness, or still fighting for a diagnosis, this question has probably crossed your mind more than once. ⁠Even if you are a seasoned pro, that little voice can pipe up at the most inconvenient of times. Sadly, there is no straightforward answer to this. ⁠Chronic means forever, but it doesn’t always mean your body will feel the same every day.

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  • Getting family and friends to understand you’re disabled

    GETTING FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO UNDERSTAND YOU’RE DISABLED

    This is a tough one. Not only do disabled people have to do the work to get over internalised ableism and accept that yes, we are actually disabled, but we have to break it to everyone else in our lives too.

    Cue the litany of “but you’re not like real disabled”, “you’re not disabled” and, my personal favourite, “you shouldn’t call yourself that”.

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  • Feeling confident as a visibly disabled person

    FEELING CONFIDENT AS A VISIBLY DISABLED PERSON ⁠

    There is nothing quite like the first time you go out with a new mobility aid. ⁠It doesn’t matter if this is your first time using one or you’ve just upgraded from one type to another. The questions, stares and insecurities all come flooding in and leave you wondering if you really need it. ⁠For a non-disabled person, this can be hard to imagine, with the idea that only people with obvious limb disabilities require mobility aids still a common attitude.

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  • Why is lived experience so important?

    WHY IS LIVED EXPERIENCE SO IMPORTANT?

    Or, you know, what the hell is it?

    I have to explain the importance of lived experiences so regularly I feel like every person who reads this blog (particularly those who aren’t in the disabled community themselves) needs to keep passing it on to another person to read until, finally, the whole world just gets why lived experience is so crucial!

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  • What is radical acceptance?

    What is radical acceptance

    WHAT IS RADICAL ACCEPTANCE?

    Radical acceptance sounds like the kind of new-age bull you might want to steer clear of, along with juice cleanses and ‘think yourself better’, but it’s not what you think.

    Before we talk about what radical acceptance really is, we need to highlight what it definitely isn’t!

    Radical acceptance is not approval of a situation. Just because you are accepting a situation for what it is, it does not mean that you think it’s good or right. It just means you are aware you can’t change it.

    Radical acceptance, at its core, is about recognising what we can and can’t control in our lives. There are some things, like whether or not you become sick, you don’t get a say in. It’s about finding a way to live with that situation as peacefully as possible.

    For many chronically ill people it can be hard, particularly when first diagnosed, to accept the challenges and limitations a chronic diagnosis can bring. Sometimes, it can feel that the negatives outweigh all the positives in our daily lives. Radical acceptance is one way to help balance the complexity of feelings chronic illnesses and disability can bring.

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  • WHAT IS MEDICAL TRAUMA?

    WHAT IS MEDICAL TRAUMA?

    **Trigger warning for this post just because of the mention of medical trauma, PTSD, COVID etc**

    Medical trauma is something you hear in the disabled community a lot but rarely do we talk about what counts as medical trauma – and I think you might be surprised to learn how much actually does!

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  • WHAT ARE USABLE HOURS AND WHAT HAVE THEY GOT TO DO WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS?

    WHAT ARE USABLE HOURS AND WHAT HAVE THEY GOT TO DO WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS?

    Usable hours is a way of explaining how fatigue affects your ability to do things. We all have the same number of hours in a day but for someone with fatigue, they only have a limited number in which they can complete tasks.

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  • You Don’t Have to Be Disabled and Poor but It’s More Likely

    When it comes to disability and money, there is a tendency to equate disability with poverty.

    This is mainly caused by the narrative that surrounds disability – that you can’t achieve, you can’t possibly live a life that isn’t just solely based on your being disabled and you certainly aren’t able to earn. ⁠

    There’s a common misconception that to get help as a disabled person you must first live below the poverty line. ⁠

    As a result, we as a society find it hard to see disabled people own nice things or for them to even want them.

    So what can we do about this? Let’s talk about how we can shift this narrative!

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