I am joining the Disability March because I have fibromyalgia and dysautonomia, which prevent me from taking part in the Women’s March, but I still want to protest and make my voice heard. People with disabilities/chronic illness are often left out of physical ways to protest despite the fact that we make up 20% of the population and intersect with every other marginalized group.
I live with Bipolar Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Dysautonomia, mal de debarquement and PTSD. I have been unable to work or do much advocacy work due to chronic pain, chronic fatigue and anxiety. I run a support group in the Bay Area for people with chronic illness and disabilities: https://www.meetup.com/East-Bay-Chronic-Illness-Support-Group/.