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    What Happened?

    “What’s wrong with you?” is a question I get asked a lot as a disabled person. There’re several answers to this, not all relating to my wheels, but seeing as the wheels are the most obvious problem, I generally answer according. The follow-up question to this is usually, “What happened?” To this I respond with a well-rehearsed one-liner stating that part of my brain died at birth, hence the Cerebral Palsy.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: The Brain is a Funny Thing

    The brain is a funny thing.I live with Cerebral Palsy. A condition which I describe as part of my brain dying at birth. Cue my wonky leg syndrome.   Read More...

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    More Disabled Than We Actually Are

    Do you ever have those days where you feel more disabled than others? A stupid question really, especially for those of you who aren’t disabled. There’s always going to be stuff you can’t do, like opening the fridge because your wheels get in the way.   Read More...

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    The Hiking Trip

    I wrote this as an entry piece for BBC Ouch in the hopes I could perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Although I was unsuccessful, I thought it’d give you guys a giggle. Happy reading…Imagine me on a hiking trip.   Read More...

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    The Thing About Summer

    Is everyone enjoying the weather? Got your barbecues out yet? How many people fell asleep yesterday afternoon and woke up with epic tan lines?   Read More...

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    It Started with Ballet Shoes

    Earlier this week, I went on a Prince's Trust business start-up course. The long and short of it is I've definitely decided this is the way forward, so watch this space. But as I was sitting there, listening to our tutor, Emily Webb, talk about how her business began: How Oarsome Grips are the product of a GCSE Design and Technology project that hasn't ended, how she was the youngest person at the time to pitch on Dragons' Den and how her childhood ambition to become a psychiatrist was overtaken...  Read More...

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    Dear My Future Red Head

    Dear My Future Red Head,I guess this is an advert calling all potential love interests. The idea came as a result of many conversations I’ve had with friends. We figured if we got the word out there, I wouldn’t remain a single pringle forever.   Read More...

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    Family Dynamics

    I challenge anyone to get their head around family dynamics. Every family is different. Some of them are filled with a thousand hugs and a million I love you’s whilst others run for the hills at the first sign of anything affectionate.   Read More...

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    A Perfect Illustration

    Body image. A topic everyone is talking about, yet no-one is entirely comfortable talking about. Add a disability into the mix, especially one which is visible, and you’ll find yourself wheel-deep in a hot mess of insecurities.Last Wednesday I went to a photoshoot.   Read More...

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    Living with a Disability

    Yesterday, my friend and I were invited to talk to Health and Social Care students about what it’s like living with a disability. This is a topic we could both talk about for hours, boring everyone to death in the process, so the students pre-planned their questions for us. They were a lovely bunch of people and they all seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say, but you what it’s like when you get chatting, we ran out of time.   Read More...

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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    You know what it’s like when you first move out of your family home. You suddenly realise that clothes don’t wash themselves, beds don’t make themselves, and boiling an egg is a hell of a lot trickier than you thought. Everyone goes through the stage when they live off beans on toast for months before they get to the point when a trip to Ikea is the most exciting thing imaginable.   Read More...

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    Entangled

    I think we can all agree that Christmas is a time when dysfunctional family dynamics are put under the microscope causing a cascade of heightened emotions. I wouldn’t normally publish something concerning another person when it remains raw and unresolved. However, with the help of anonymity and in the hope that it may help someone else in a similar situation start to unpick what addiction means for them, here is my perspective of it.   Read More...

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    We Need to Talk About Kenneth

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll all know that Anne Hegerty is among this year’s celebs who have entered the jungle. The ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ and ‘The Chase’ star is becoming increasingly popular with the nation, and this is partly due to her open-book approach with regards to having Asperger’s Syndrome.Like anything, autism presents itself differently in everyone, so for Anne, it s...  Read More...

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    Vampires that roam the streets

    I'm naturally someone who will over complicate everything. It's unintentional, yet true. Why go to one house when I could go around all of them?   Read More...

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    Silver Anniversary

    It’s our Silver Anniversary. We’ve spent twenty-five glorious years together and we’re still in one piece – almost. I know I’m writing this a few days early, but let’s face it, you forced me to arrive into the world three months ahead of schedule, so what're a few days?   Read More...

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    The One with the London Excursions

    Upon posting last week’s blog about the most memorable toilet mishaps, one of my friends mentioned an unfortunate trip to London and suggested I retell the tale for your Sunday entertainment. This is a good idea, but it’s also dawned on me that none of my excursions to The Big Smoke have been overly successful, but all have been eventful. I’ve picked out three of my favourites.The one with drunken divorce threats:Picture this.   Read More...

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    Nature Called

    I was in the middle of writer’s block, pondering over the topic for the Sunday blog when I really needed to pee. So, I had to call someone out and wait ten minutes for them to arrive. I then had to give them step by step instructions on how to get me out of the chair and onto the loo.   Read More...

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    I'm Not An Alien

    For your Sunday morning read, I thought I’d address the classic questions that have been thrown in the general direction of my wheels. To be honest, some of the best aren’t even questions – they’re just epic one-liners. The thing they all have in common?   Read More...

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    The Letter I Wrote

    It began when I was twelve in one of my English classes. We were asked to write about what it’d been like for us to start secondary school. Without knowing it, I’d laid all my insecurities, with regards to CP and “big school”, out on paper.   Read More...

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    When I die, I can tell someone

    Everyone knows what it’s like. We all have those days. Do you know what I mean?   Read More...

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    True Story: Nathan

    In this blog series, Adam Fox and I shall be delving into the world of disability with honest opinions and realistic perspectives. These real-life accounts will uncover what it’s like living in a world where a disability is the first thing most people notice. We will tell you the true story of the person behind the disability.  Nathan’s True Story. Nathan is thirty-years-old.   Read More...

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