Three weeks ago I was abruptly informed that my internship would be ending early as a result of the "unpredictable nature" of my chronic illness/disability...

Hold tight, y'all. This is gonna be a thread. 1/?
Even tho there is only one month left in the semester.
Even tho my clinical skills are consistently referred to as excellent.
Even tho I was the first social worker and first intern to present at Grand Rounds in my department and my recommendations are already being implemented.
But apparently my track record for pushing back against oppressive policies matters more than my skills. And my disability is an easy target.
I don't even care about the impact on me. This impacted my patients in irreparable ways because their care was unexpectedly interrupted without a follow up plan. One month extra would have made all the difference.
So today, my very last day, I decided to confront the supervisor who set this in motion. I enumerated, at length, the explicit and demoralizing discrimination and ableism that he has perpetuated. I carefully outlined the ways in which he is complicit in the oppression of my pts.
I decided that I no longer give any fucks. There are no fucks to be had. Remaining silent doesn't do me any favors when the damage had already been done. So I went out with a glorious bang! The petty part of me reveled in his visible discomfort.
But I came down from the high of petty satisfaction when I remembered how fucking WRONG it is that I need to explain to my oppressor how they have oppressed me.
Ableism is pernicious. It is built into our institutions and it is the tragic inevitability of my life to date.

It's hard to have hope when systems continue to fail us.
So, please, don't put the burden on your disabled friends/family/co-workers to explain ableism to you.

DO BETTER. Own when you fuck up. Be an ally. Because this is exhausting. It's hard to even feel anger when this happens over and over again. At this point, I just feel numb.
I am grateful for the #disability community on twitter that offers solidarity when grappling with ableist injustices. Y'all are the fucking best (@coffeespoonie and @Imani_Barbarin TLs give me life).

Okay, rant over.

TL;DR #AbledsAreWeird #CripTheVote #FuckAbleism
I FORGOT TO SHARE THE MOST FUCKED UP PART OF THE STORY!

I was asked (forced) to explain my sudden departure to staff and patients by sharing that I was *CHOOSING* to take a medical leave.

Let that fuckery marinate for a second.

I mean, obviously, I didn't listen 😁
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