Sometimes when I hang out with other wheelchair users they claim they have Spina Bifida! Sometimes this may be true, but there are other times it is clearly obvious you are lying! Instead of lying about your disability tell people your real disability there is nothing to be embarrassed about! Here are some ways that you will be able to tell if someone is lying about their Spina Bifida diagnosis and why you should not be embarrassed about it!
Have no idea what it is- If you are going to lie about what disability you have at least google it so you know what it is! If you are unable to pronounce it correctly that will not make you very believable! I do not know a single person with a disability who cannot pronounce their disability correctly.
Someone gave it to you- Spina Bifida is a birth defect, not a disease and you cannot catch it from anyone! Whenever someone tries to distance themselves from me or says something like someone gave it to you that is a huge indicator that you have no idea what it is because if you did you would know that Spina Bifida is a birth defect and you cannot catch it from anyone. People with Spina Bifida learn to embrace their disabilities but are not cured of them and anyone who was affected by Spina Bifida or has sufficient knowledge in the condition would know that so if you want to save yourself from being embarrassed please don’t say someone gave it to.
It’s okay to be different- Sometimes when I am hanging out with another wheelchair user I will tell them my disability and they so happen to have the exact same thing because they think it will make me feel better. There is no club you get to join, for saying you have Spina Bifida! Yes, there are events that people with Spina Bifida get to participate in but the same goes for other disabilities. Lying about your disability makes you sound unintelligent because you don’t know as much about that disability than you would if you had it so, you may say something embarrassing. If you want to save yourself from getting embarrassed just tell people your actual disability, there is nothing to be embarrassed about!
Start talking cures- Spina Bifida has no cure so the moment you start talking about how you were cured of Spina Bifida that is a huge indicator that you are lying about your diagnosis. Medical advancements have made it so people with Spina Bifida can live an easier life but are not cured of their disability and even with these medical advancements people with Spina Bifida still face challenges. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be cured of your disability but Spina Bifida along with many other disabilities have no cure and when you start talking about miracle cures it is very obvious you have no idea what you are talking about.
Sometimes it may seem appropriate to say you have the same disability as someone else because everyone else in the room has that disability. In all honesty, there is no appropriate time to lie about your disability because eventually you will slip up and may become embarrassed! Instead of lying about your disability educate people about your actual disability! People will be much more interested in hearing about your actual disability than all your lies! If you have any questions about how I know you are being dishonest about your Spina Bifida diagnosis please leave them in the comments below.