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World: Living alone Is awesome, even with my disability

Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 10:52 AM

Spencer Williams, Vice, 28 December 2017
 
There comes a time where living with your parents just isn’t cool anymore. I'd never had too many problems with it, and my mom and dad certainly didn’t make me feel as though I was being kicked out, but at age 25, not only did they want to see me spread my wings, I did too. A lot has happened in the year since I started writing a column about living with cerebral palsy, but by far the biggest change is that I finally moved out.
 
Previously, I’d seen leaving as a problem. As independent as I am, I also need a lot of help with day-to-day things like driving, transferring from my bed to my wheelchair, food preparation, bathing, dressing, shaving, and oral hygiene. But when the opportunity arose in the form of an apartment subsidized through an agency that helps people like me find support, I realized it was the right time to just let 'er rip. These days, things that most people take for granted—like deciding when to go out, and being intimate in private—I get to take for granted too.
 
Take cooking, for instance. I’ve always been something of a foodie, but now that I can cook a classic bacon and eggs in the comfort of my own home. It’s something I can take pride in. My apartment has lowered countertops that are accessible to my height, and I try and cook as much as I can. There’s a small market nearby where I get most of my greens and other produce, and I've already gotten pretty good at barbecue. I’ve done ribs a couple times, I can make a mean pulled pork—and I can also just be lazy and order in.
 
People always ask if living alone can be isolating, like it isn’t just as isolating for them. But my apartment building has staff on-site during the night to help me with my routine, and I get to hire my own daytime care aids. I’m also about 15 minutes away from my parents, just far enough away that they can swing by if I need something. But I myself love the privacy.
 
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