When I was a child, I thought everyone (except those with an obvious physical handicap or health condition) was “normal.” Now that I’m older, I realize that almost everyone has something wrong with her physically, and the only norm is having some form of physical “abnormality.”
I look at my friends (in their mid-twenties to early thirties), and I see people who have diabetes, Leukemia, receding gum lines, hormone deficiencies, severe food allergies, premature hair graying, and any number of other conditions.
I feel as if this is something that young children should be taught more often, not that “handicapped” people are just like “us,” but that almost everybody is going to encounter some kind of health problem sooner or later, and probably sooner. You’ll find out you have an eye infection, a blood clotting problem, a cancer diagnosis, an incurable venereal disease, or lactose intolerance. Why not be prepared for that? Why not realize early on that others won’t judge you for these things, because they too have physical ailments and conditions?