Years later, medical trials confirmed that this pain was real, and finally people got treatment for it – after years of being disbelieved.(To read more about this, see Deborah Marks’ exploration of Wendell’s ideas.) Many of us disabled people who use medical services — and many other marginalised people too — can tell stories of times that medicine has dismissed our experience, our , our lived experience.[Content warning: Discussion of the ways disabled people’s experiences are invalidated and disbelieved in society. Brief description of a fictional person with suicidal ideation.]. She says that the medicine “has a tendency to ignore, minimise the importance of, or deny outright any of my bodily experiences that it cannot explain” (192). But the idea is relevant to lots of other settings.One day, Lou tells their counsellor about some anxiety that they are experiencing .
Your first-hand, lived experience of disability/long-term illness/neurodiversity. This is one of those social justice theory things that has a complicated name, but is actually pretty simple.As an activist for disability rights and mental health awareness, they often express anger online about the social oppression of these people.