It can and Does Happen to Anyone

I used to be sympathetic toward chronically ill people, that was it. Lately I’m seeing a lot of people who think what I used to, “it won’t happen to me”. I exercise and eat healthy, so I figured that would keep me on my side of the line, invincible.

Then I was hit in my 20′s. Healthy one day, sick enough to change my life the next. Click here to see “The First Moments, Confusion.”. I don’t mean to scare people, but it’s good to have the argument in place. The facts are only here to illustrate that we’re all vulnerable. If you’re afraid of these things, click here to read “Don’t Worry, Everything Dies” to help ease your mind.

We are constantly manufacturing new causes of disability. Radio waves from cell phones, blue tooth head sets, radios, radio control items and other communications devices are hazardous and continue to grow in use. Chemicals and parts in many electronic devices have been identified as hazardous. Fumes from internal combustion engines are constant. Injuries happen all the time.

Medical facilities and professionals do not stay in business by checkups and sprains alone, not even close. The number of hospital discharges in the US alone, from inpatient care in 2009 was 34.4 million people. That’s 1,143 discharges for every 10,000 people. Source: Center for Disease Control, 2011, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/hospital.htm

And, if anyone still thinks it can’t happen to them:

- 64% of wage earners in the US believe they have a 2% or less chance of being disabled for 3 months or more during their working career. The actual odds for a worker entering the workforce today are about 30%. Source: Council for Disability Awareness, 2011, http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org/chances_disability/disability_stats.asp

- The following were the leading causes of new disability claims in 2009,
- Musculoskeletal/connective tissue disorders caused 26.2% of new claims.
- Nervous System-Related disorders caused 13.7% of new claims.
- Cardiovascular/circulatory disorders caused 13.1% of new claims.
- Cancer was the 4th leading cause of new disability claims at 8.4%.
Source: Council for Disability Awareness, 2011, http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org/chances_disability/disability_stats.asp

- 65% of initial SSDI claim applications were denied in 2009. Source: Council for Disability Awareness, 2011, http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org/chances_disability/disability_stats.asp

- In 2009, 35.6 million adults experienced physical function and mobility issues. Source: Center for Disease Control, 2011, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/disable.htm

- Approx 1 in 544 or 0.18% or 500,000 people in USA suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Source: Wrong Diagnosis, 2011, http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/c/chronic_fatigue_syndrome/stats.htm

- Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury, annually. Source: Center for Disease Control, 2011, http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/statistics.html

- More than 400,000 people in the United States have Multiple Sclerosis. An estimated 2,500,000 around the world have MS. It is a progressive disease for which there is not yet a cure. Source: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 2011, http://www.msfacts.org/default.aspx

- The average monthly benefit paid by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in June of 2010 was $1,065 a month. Enough to survive after rent, mortgage, food, meds, etc? Source: Council for Disability Awareness, 2011, http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org/chances_disability/disability_stats.asp

- 22% of adults have been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had some form of Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, or Fibromyalgia, and 28% had chronic joint symptoms. Source: Center for Disease Control, 2011, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/arthrits.htm

- Arthritis, as of 2010, has demanded costs of $128,000,000,000 annually, and continues to be the most common cause of disability. Source: Center for Disease Control, 2011, http://www.cdc.gov/

- In 2006, there were over 2,000 reported cases of cancer among men, and over 1,600 among women, per 100,000 people in the United States. That’s out of over 300,000,000 total people and not counting the rest of the almost 7,000,000,000 people in the world. Sources: Center for Disease Control, 2011, http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsCancerDisparities/, and US Census, 2011, http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html

- In 2006, over 81,000,000 Americans were reported as having some type of cardiovascular disease. Source: American Heart Association, 2011, http://www.heart.org/

- Around 10 per cent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority. Source: United Nations, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , 2011, http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/facts.shtml

- Comparative studies on disability legislation show that only 45 countries have anti-discrimination and other disability-specific laws. Source: United Nations, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , 2011, http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/facts.shtml

- A 2003 study by Rutgers University found that people with physical and mental disabilities continue to be vastly underrepresented in the U.S. workplace. One-third of the employers surveyed said that people with disabilities cannot effectively perform the required job tasks. The second most common reason given for not hiring the disabled was the fear of costly special facilities. Source: United Nations, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , 2011, http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/facts.shtml

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  1. Bridge Builder says:

    In my 40′s I was in a car accident and it was really bad. I was left with several broken bones and over 170 stitches. That was 10 years ago and my body is still not the same after a whole bunch of PT. You say to people that these things can happen to anyone but they never understand until it does like me!

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