Tuesday, 3 November 2015

ISWG: WELCOME NOVEMBER:

WELCOME TO NOVEMBER:
THIS IS ABOUT DISCRIMINATION:
(I wrote the following poem some years
ago for my book "Moments Of My Life")
Since writing it I had some awful
times of being discriminated,
Thus making me a little insecure.

HOW I COPED WITH ADVERSITY:
Some thirty one years ago
A bombshell to me was told.
It seemed I had an illness,
That has no respect for young and old.

There is still a stigma to it,
Discrimination too.
I've had my share of that,
This I tell to you.

The illness I refer to is Epilepsy,
Not a pleasant thing I know.
But there are many types and causes of the illness
And this in it's self has got to show.

Show them not to be afraid
Should you see an epileptic taken ill.
Just lay them in the recovery position
Until that person is calm and still.

When I told I was a sufferer
I thought it over you see.
I wasn't going to live with it,
It was going to live with me.

If I wanted to go travelling
Then I jolly well would.
I had an understanding husband
Who supported me all he could.

Since he's passed away,
I have continued that frame of mind.
Have travelled to The States, Spain and Ireland
The majority of people being kind.

As I mentioned there is diecrimination,
But it's ignorance on their part.
There are people who are worse than me,
And it's those I hold within my heart.

Copyright Yvonne Lewis:
PS: For a few years I was in a relationship
who made my life hell saying that
I had a mental illness and would end up
in an institution.
One night he said these awful words
"WHY DON'T YOU HURRY UP AND DIE?"
That to me is discrimination at it's lowest.
As for people who have Mental problems
there is no shame of that either.
Hold your head high.
There are many unkind people around.

 

25 comments:

  1. Yvonne, so thankful you are rid of that person! What a horrible thing to say.

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    1. He was a horrible man Alex, Thanks for your great comment.
      Yvonne.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear you were with a partner who didn't appreciate all your wonderful qualities.
    My brother has suffered from seizures before, but he's doing great on meds.
    I had one seizure when I was prepubescent. I was very fortunate. That was the only one I ever had.

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    1. So Sandra you know about having Siezures at first hand, sorry you and your brother has had them. I was doing fine until some "Kind" person decided to take all my confidence away with his remarks about the illness.
      Thanks for coming by and sharing your experiences.
      Yvonne.

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    2. There are nasty people and there are good people. The nasty ones will let off 'giveaways' with nasty remarks or in need of borrowing money. Ignore them and be with the good ones who shower empathy. Keep cool Yvonne!

      Hank

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    3. There are not too many friendly people where I have moved to, But I do appreciate the good ones.
      Many thanks Hank for your comment.
      Yvonne.

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    4. That's too bad, Yvonne.
      I worked at a CC until I retired and we had a couple of students that had them fairly regularly. Their classmates were kind and helpful.

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  3. My late mother had seizures alongside her other illness. It is a shame there is still so much stigma around some illness. I am glad it did not stop you travelling and enjoying those experiences.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Suzanne, sorry about your mother, though seizures are more common than people realise.
      I hope to start travelling again when Danny Boy commence touring again, he has taken time off and won't be starting until August next year. He comes to Bournemouth in Sept.
      Have a good day.
      Yvonne.

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  4. We can't let things like that or people's ignorance of them stop us from really living.

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    1. In all the 32 years since being diagnosed it is the last eight that changed my once positive attitude,. Living with someone who put you doiwn, beat you, then say my illness was mental has made me very insecure.
      Thanks for your comment Diane , much appreci\ted.
      Yvonne.

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  5. Powerful poem! There needs to be more awareness about Epilepsy because not a lot of people understand the illness.

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    1. That'a the problem. People seeing someone having a seizure thaink the person is either drunk or mental.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yvonne.

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  6. With friends like that who needs enemies? Good riddance to bad people.

    Stephen Tremp
    November IWSG Co-host

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    1. Rather flippant comment Stephen, I made a bad choice and by heck I'm paying fot it. I was verbally, mentally and physically abused by this monster who came into my life.
      Yvonne.

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  7. I know many people with epilepsy including my brother. You said it just right. Only ignorant or mean-spirited people would discriminate against someone for an illness.

    Susan Says

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    1. Sorry your brother is a sufferer, Hope he is ok.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Yvonne.

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  8. How sad you lost your 'understanding' husband and life changed like it did. Maddening too what happened next. I'm glad this cruel man is no longer in your life. I don't think I will ever look at epilepsy the same again. I have never witnessed it, but now know what to do. When I hear stories like this I have to ask why, but sometimes there are no satisfying answers. I'm just glad you've found peace.... At least, I hope you have! Take care.

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  9. Thanks for your wonderful comment Sharon, I made a bad choice so have only myself to blame. But I never thought such monsters existed,
    Yvonne.

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  10. Oh, Yvonne, I had no idea. What that man said isn't discrimination. It's downright abuse. Thanks for being so open and honest about your life journey.

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    1. That was a lovely comment Karen, Thank you, I wrote this poem some time ago but that was before I made a big mistake in my life.
      Yvonne.

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  11. I think you are a very brave lady. Some people don't understand certain illnesses. Others are just plain rude. You've been through a lot of bad times and have proved you are a survivor. Lovely days ahead.

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    1. Many thanks Beverly for stopping by and such a lovely comment.
      Enjoy your week-end.
      Yvonne.

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  12. What a heartwarming post with a great message. Greetings and best wishes!

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    1. Many thanks for stopping by and also your good wishes.
      Yvonne.

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