Letters to the Editor

August 14, 2014

Lena Shirley: Imbalance a very real disability

There are disabilities you can see and disabilities you can’t see. I’m disabled, physically, from a stroke due to an aneurysm. I also have a disability you can’t see. I was born with a chemical imbalance. It has been a tough-love road, here in Modesto. Coping with people has been harder than coping with my disability. I was wrongly diagnosed when I was 24 years old. It is a medical condition resulting from a hormone imbalance in the brain. It’s not to be taken lightly or overstated. One can function with the right medication, but having the right doctor and counselors is also essential.

So much research is still needed, but do you ever hear of a fundraiser for the chemically imbalanced? No one recognizes us. We have survived a life of ridicule, frustration, being labeled and bullied and not being accepted. Jesus Christ accepts me, why can’t you?

Lena Shirley, Modesto

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