Larissa Martin is a freelance writer who was born with cerebral palsy. Read below as she describes her perspective on dealing with isolation and loneliness during the COVID 19 pandemic.
To a Society Dealing with Isolation Right Now:
It’s Okay, You Will Get Through This Pandemic
As a person with a physical disability (cerebral palsy) and being an amputee who is a wheelchair user I often have to rely on the help of others to be able to go anywhere. I do go out on rare occasion or when I have a doctor’s appointments but often times I stay in. I don’t take long vacations and I haven’t been out of the house for more than just a few days in almost 14 years. The longest period I have been out most recently is 48 hours. I am used to being isolated. This does not bother me. I have days where I go out with friends or they come to visit. I get to leave the house. Sure, there are times when staying in so much feels lonely, but I try and keep busy. I am a writer and spend this time dedicated to writing and perfecting pieces.
I have the luxury of working from home and as a society right now, we are having to distance and isolate ourselves from everyone because of this virus. This is unsettling for many people and induces worry and concern and a disruption to their senses of normalcy. Having known isolation, I feel I am worrying less than others because I know I have limited exposure to possible contagion. I would like to think I am a relatively healthy individual. I am calm because being stuck in one place for a long time and going without seeing other people for weeks and months at a time is something I know well.
While your feelings of concern are valid and the uncertainty is unsettling, but if you’re lonely or feel like this is more of a dismal situation than it actually is, I am here to tell you that you are fine and that this will all pass. The normal routines you’re used to will resume as soon as possible it will be a new normal for everyone. I want you to take the time to make phone calls or letters to someone you may not have ordinarily been able to or just take this time for you or your family. in the hustle and bustle of life. Don’t be upset about the experiences you’re not having, the vacation you’re not taking or the things you’re not doing. Unfortunately, that is something some people such as myself go through on the daily.
I can't speak for the entire disabled community and I don't want to yet there are people out there who have and will continue to make do with what they have. Being isolated and alone is a lifestyle that unfortunately, many people have come to know. It’s what you do with it and how you react that truly deciphers the impact it has. My hope is with people having to do this, they can see how others live and begin to develop a deeper appreciation for the life they lead and the simple conveniences that so often are taken for granted.
Thanks, Larissa, for your original submission. If you can relate to this post be sure to share it with others!