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Chapter 5: Taking care of your body

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HealthWiki > A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities > Chapter 5: Taking care of your body


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Some people think having a disability means you are sick. This is not true. But having a disability may mean you need to take more care in your daily routines to stay healthy.

As a disabled woman, you know and understand your body better than anyone else. For example, you know you may not rely on pain to tell you something is wrong—you need to check your body carefully and regularly every day, especially the parts you cannot feel or see. Or if you have an unusual feeling, or body reaction, or a pain somewhere, or any sores or illnesses, you try to find out as soon as possible what might be causing it. When it is necessary, you ask a family member, friend, or someone you trust to help you.

This chapter has information to help you stay healthy and prevent many health problems. If you need assistance with daily care, this chapter has information to help your family and caregivers to provide that assistance.