Seattle (ESTRA) - The holidays is a time when harassment and intimidation increase. They tend to have more stalkers and do everything to ruin this season. Do not be dismayed.
If you think of all the other obstacles, such as dealing with a disability, lack of healthcare for some, loss of income, family member's unemployment, bills, home foreclosures, and frankly, the dysfunction in the U.S. Congress; these harassers should be the at the bottom of your list.
Remember the only things they will see is your disability if it's visible, some are not. No matter what tactics they use, there is no need to be ashamed, just do your best. Accept your condition. Learn all you can about it and of possible improvements.
Enjoy the holidays, family, friends, or just time with yourself. Reflect on victories through a difficult transition, and envision continual positive progress in health and living.
As for those harassers who's only objective is to cause great discomfort, by daily intimidation tactics, by their attempt to strategically plan car accidents where you are at fault, or by creating illusions that will benefit the people who hired them, know their behaviors will only change through laws that can be enforced. My guest is this close to Christmas, there will be no enactment of disability surveillance legislation to protect your privacy from these people.
And for those who encounter individuals telling them just ignore being harassed or intimidated, people making these statements are clueless or "ball-less" or both. Everyone should do their best against those out to intimidate them. Especially since the sole purpose of this harassment is to distort the truth. Continue on your path, and join others with the same goal of disabled individuals being treated with respect and dignity by their insurance companies.
Instead of giving harassers what they want, develop a list of things you want to do this year. Things that make your life better. If you are happy, and moving in the direction of recovery, or learning new ways to live with your disability, you will have more energy to deal with their deceptive tactics.
Christmas comes around only once a year, which mean some of the things you can experience is only seasonal. Whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday, the memories you choose to make should not be at their discretion.
Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday in spite of harassers.
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