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My Wheelchair Isn’t There to Make You Feel Better About Your Breakup

Mon, May 12, 2014

Comment of the Week, Confessions

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We recently published a post titled, “10 Things That Feel Better Than Getting Revenge On An Ex.” It was meant to be a feel good, git ‘er done kind of list, to help you move on from a crappy, undeserving ex. Entry #2 on our list was “Be a Better Person,” and we explained it this way: “Volunteer somewhere. Because nothing puts your own problems in perspective like helping out people who are even less fortunate than you are. You know, people who fought for their country and ended up in a wheelchair…”

Reader J. correctly took us to task, in the comment published below — instead of a Comment of the Week, consider this our Mea Culpa of the Week (though we hope this won’t be a weekly occurrence!). Our sincere apologies, we never meant to imply that people in wheelchairs exist simply to make the recently heartbroken feel better about their loss, or to provide some kind of sorely needed perspective. We’ll work on locating that missing sensitivity chip…

As a wheelchair user, I have to say, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, serving our country benefits those who are injured, because the insurance is amazing. Lots of people in wheelchairs have great lives and can feel just as sorry for you as you would for them. Either way, it gets you nowhere.

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