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Do you dream yourself with a disability?

euanfranklin
euanfranklin Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited May 2022 in Cerebral palsy
Hi everyone,

Quite new here, and this is my first time posting. I have bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, only affecting my legs.

I was quite curious to realise that I'm very rarely disabled in my dreams. It happened once, a few months ago, after deciding to learn more about the disabled community. I'm just wondering if others have encountered the same, or whether it's dependent on how impaired a person is? It could be internalised ableism, too, where my perception of everything around me relies on a nondisabled perspective? 

Just curious to know :)

Cheers,
Euan

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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,585 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi  @euanfranklin welcome to the forum,  an interesting post, I've got to say, disability doesn't follow me in dreams. Strange that isn't it. 
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,614 Scope online community team
    Hey, @euanfranklin, how are you?

    Great question! In my dreams, I'm always in my wheelchair, which I can remember anyway. I've never actually thought about it before!
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  • cupcake88
    cupcake88 Posts: 1,256 Pioneering
    Hi there in my dreams I don’t have mental illness . 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there great question in the majority.oc my dreams I have no disability. I can only remember one dream where I was in my wheelchair and never dreamed with issue if severe visual impairment.

    I have been disabled 5 years so could relate to having spent most of my life not being disabled 
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Very good question, honest answer is I am not sure. I don't notice my sight loss in my dreams, but equally I don't notice not having it if that makes sense.
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  • bexter73
    bexter73 Community member Posts: 44 Connected
    I only developed mobility issues last august and now need walking sticks or frame and can’t walk far. In my dreams I run, jump and dance. I wake up a bit upset to be honest x
  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
    I'm sorry to hear you feel a bit upset when you wake up @bexter73 I can understand those feelings, especially when the changes in your mobility are still very recent. Do you have loved ones and/or friends you can chat to about how you're feeling?

    Part of the process of adapting to this change is almost like grieving I suppose, like any big change in life. I think it's a natural thing, and these feelings might evolve and change as time passes.

    Dreams are funny things, totally unique to each person. The brain's way of tidying, organising and processing all the thoughts and feelings we've had during the day. I think it's a really interesting question to ask @euanfranklin and not one I've thought about before. 

    I think, as far as I can tell I'm on my feet in my dreams, but I'm not impaired or impeded. There's not a focus on walking, I just sort of glide or appear everywhere without taking in how I got there! 
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  • bexter73
    bexter73 Community member Posts: 44 Connected
    @Alex_Scope I have the best family supporting me. I have found I feel like I’m grieving the old me. I used to be so physically active and fit. I’d spend lots of time playing and having adventures with my grandkids. But I’m very limited now and it’s making me frustrated. I start seeing a clinical psychologist as part of my treatment plan in the next couple of weeks so I’m sure that will help me. 

  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
    edited May 2022
    Thanks for explaining @bexter73 that's so positive to hear you've got a good support network around you :) And I'm sure your grandkids will love spending time with you regardless, but it can be frustrating when we feel limited.

    And that sounds promising yes, do keep us up to date with how you get on if you can.
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