Back in 2009 I got cancer for the second time, a recurrence. But during my first battle with cancer I was not yet dependent on my wheelchair and so there was some practical issues, which needed to be addressed before my radioactive treatment. I knew from the first round that the hospital I was in did not have any wheelchair accessible bathrooms in connection with the isolation room. And when I made the staff aware of this issue, the answer was “Are you sure you want the treatment”. Eventually the problem was solved, and I was offered the treatment at another hospital in another part of the country.
But unfortunately, I am not the only one to experience situations such as this. In Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark, we have become aware of people with disabilities, being turned away from national cancer screening programs and we have tried to raise awareness about the unequal access to health, that exist when you have a disability – even when you live in Denmark.