Holywood’s At It Again
Remember Halsey’s awesome article about the need to stop stigmatizing tracheostomy tubes as bad? She referenced a commercial using a trach as a scare tactic to quit smoking. Hollywood’s at it again with their recent commercial. This time using the threat that if you don’t take care of your diabetes, it might “land you in one of those,” or worse, death. A menacing shot of a wheelchair flashes on the screen right before a monitor with a flatline. Yup, apparently only one step worse than a wheelchair is death.
I get it, requiring a wheelchair isn’t optimal. Newsflash, your life isn’t over if you need one. In fact, they can go a long way in enhancing your life. I still remember the excitement when my first electric wheelchair arrived. Freedom and independence are at my fingertips. Having never walked, maybe accepting a wheelchair is easier.
Scare tactics like this are partly to blame when someone is having a hard time coming to terms with needing a wheelchair. It’s so frustrating that they can’t be seen in a more positive light. When I get looks or comments about my chair, my response is that it helps me get where I’m going.
Do you have ideas on how to shift this Hollywood stigma?