My Blog

So, here’s where it all began. My friends had always told me I had a way with words and a thousand stories to tell. When Written Wheel came into fruition, writing my quirky tales saved my sanity and made me realise there was a need for us all to have unsugar-coated conversations about disability. If you want to get to know me; the good, the bad and the disastrous, then grab a cuppa, pull up a pew and brace yourself. I’m unconventional, controversial and will do anything to make you laugh (and cry). I strive to live my best disabled life every day.

  • In the Current Crisis, the Toast Resembles Charcoal 05/04/2020 - On this glorious Sunday afternoon, I thought I’d make time in my hectic schedule to tell you about the excitement of my week… It was lovely chatting to you all – I’ll speak to you at the same time next week. How is lockdown treating you? Have you succumbed to watching paint dry on your… Continue Reading
  • Coronavirus Christmas 22/03/2020 - What a week it’s been: there’re no baked beans to be found anywhere. Whilst bean lovers around the UK rejoice with enough bog roll to see ‘em into 2053, us folk with common sense are left wondering which newspaper to catch our coughs in. Let’s be honest, even if we’re not the ones clearing the… Continue Reading
  • Anorexic and Disabled 08/03/2020 - I was wheeled into the psychologist’s consulting room, terrified she was going to make me eat. I’d been awake all night, haunted by the prospect of a table laden with calories. I knew my life would fall apart if she force-fed me, but then what could I do? I couldn’t run out of the door;… Continue Reading
  • Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat 23/02/2020 - Image courtesy of Sian Hutchings Photography It makes me chuckle that people think I have an interesting life in which I always have something to talk about. For sure, CP mixes everything up…Wading through Dennis’ floods to get to the bus station is standard for Monday afternoons, but not knowing whether your powerchair will make… Continue Reading
  • An Elephant-Shaped Wormhole 09/02/2020 - Hey Trevor, How are you on this cold and blustery day? Storm Ciara has definitely made sure we’re not in Kansas anymore. I’ve never been to Kansas, have you? I suppose, given the fact you’re God, you get around a bit. I guess you can be anywhere you like whenever you like. Maybe you can… Continue Reading
  • Paying to Live With a Disability 02/02/2020 - They say money doesn’t make you rich. They say money doesn’t buy happiness. They say money doesn’t grow on trees. I agree - partially. An astronomical bank balance and an oversized wallet can belong to someone who’s as miserable as sin. Money doesn’t create meaningful connections with anyone other than a banker and an accountant.… Continue Reading
  • Transition Period – A Cliff Edge 28/01/2020 - When I was diagnosed with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy at the age of 1, the Doctors told my parents I’d never talk or walk. How wrong could they have been? Sure, I was late to the party, but I eventually learnt the word ‘ironing’, then ‘fork’ and then ‘Carlisle Gran’. Pretty soon after, I realised that… Continue Reading
  • Reaching for the Moon in 2020 29/12/2019 - Blink and you’ve missed it – 2019 has gone. I’d never been the type to make New Years’ Resolutions – they meant nothing and most of the time people had given up by mid-January. However, that all changed when I decided to make this year the greatest year of my life so far, and it… Continue Reading
  • 2019 Has Been the Greatest 22/12/2019 - So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet, partly because I’m harbouring festive germs, but mostly because sometimes less is more.If I were to go through everything that’s happened this year, we’d be here till next Christmas and there’s honestly not much to say other than 2019 has been the greatest year of my… Continue Reading
  • Cripples R Us 08/12/2019 - So, I thought for your Sunday read, I’d get back to my roots a little. There’re many reasons why living with a disability is deemed less than perfect. I get it. Continue Reading