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    Disability Awareness

    What an interesting week it’s been. First, a festival, then the Edinburgh Fringe, then a day of Masquerade Ball promotion. As much as this week has been varied, there was definitely a common theme of disability awareness.You know what it’s like when you go to a festival.   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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    Equality, Integration and Multi-Morbidity

    If you’re disabled, you’ll know that almost every professional has a tendency to assign any problem you may have to your disability. You go to the doctors with a common cold and it’s automatically a symptom of cerebral palsy. Essentially, it’s the easiest box to tick because no further investigations need to be carried out.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: A Different Kind of Disabled

    They say I’m a different kind of disabled.So, I sit and observe. Why am I a “different kind of disabled” What sets me apart from the rest of them? I’m surrounded by people who are coaxed into doing what other people want because it’s “what’s best for you” – as if having a disability instantly removes your autonomy.   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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    We Have Black People

    I heard of a tale where a Headteacher was so overjoyed when his school became home to pupils who were of African ethnicity, he would tell anyone who cared to listen, “We have black people!” In this day and age, it sounds like an utterly offensive and crazy thing to have said, especially considering it wasn’t an isolated incident. The same guy was once showing a prospective pupil around his school and he went to shake hands; which was all well and good until he realised the boy ...  Read More...

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    Nobody Died

    The unconventional days are always the best.Friday morning came with a frantic call from my friend, who whilst on holiday, had had a staffing emergency. One of her son’s PA’s had phoned in sick which meant that Bernard would be home alone, unable to eat, drink or successfully go to the loo. I knew she was struggling because she’d essentially asked someone on wheels to go and lend a hand to someone else on wheels; a blog-worthy experience if nothing else.It wasn’t until I ...  Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Don't Box Me In

    Mental Health Awareness Week. Where do I begin? One of the major hurdles of having a disability that’s so visible is there’s no escaping it.   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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    Stream of Consciousness: Cripples' Day Out

    There’s nothing stranger than how disabled people are perceived within society. Don’t get me wrong, we have come along way. We’re no longer locked up for being abnormal and I think disability awareness is becoming more common, but there’s still plenty of quirks that need to be ironed out.Last night, I was out with my friend Bertie (who’s also in a wheelchair) at the Red Herring Comedy Club at Lincoln Drill Hall.   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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    I Think I Might Be Going Crazy

    So, I was sitting in front of Netflix last night, chatting to my cousin about today’s blog. “Was that Chinese you’ve just had sensational enough to review?”, she said, “And how do you come up with content every few days?” In answer to her questions, I’m not sure how my ramblings are transformed into your twice-weekly entertainment. Sure, some weirdly wonderful things happen, but most of the time, the highlight of my week is a mediocre Chinese and a three...  Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Life is Beautiful

    Have you ever had one of those weeks where it's just been inexplicably stressful for no reason? There have been staffing issues, masquerade ball issues, and generally one hundred things to do with no time to do them in. Everybody wants you to be in a certain place at a certain time and to be in a certain mood.   Read More...

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    Living My Best Disabled Life

    Over the recent weeks, I’ve unintentionally created a new hashtag, namely #LivingMyBestDisabledLife. It began when it took me and my fellow wheeled-friend twenty minutes to make half a cup of tea, which if he was totally honest, probably tasted disgusting. Instead, he just told me that it was made with love and that that was all that mattered.Come to think of it, there’re countless situations, past, present and undoubtedly future where ‘living my best disabled life’ is th...  Read More...

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    Stage and Screen

    So, I’m going to enter a contest called Breaking Into News. It gives people with no journalistic experience the chance to come up with an idea for a story and have it broadcast in the regional ITV News bulletin. I have to get creative and pitch my 200-word idea by 5th April.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness

    Happy Sunday, Written Wheelies – I hope your week has been fabulous. I thought I’d give you an overview of my week’s experiences and the conclusions I’ve drawn from them. You might agree with me, you might not, but you’re about to enter my brain which consists of jumbled thoughts and random stories.   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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    Disability and Employment for Dummies

    You know how it is. You go to school. At some point, you get thrown into work experience and given careers advice which you never listen to.   Read More...

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    Cinderella: In Reality

    Fairytales. You know the drill. A damsel in distress spends the entire storyline metaphorically wrestling with an evil, matriarchal character.   Read More...

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    2019 Has to Mean Something More

    Let’s be realistic. 2019 won’t consist of 365 wonderful days. You’re not gonna be awoken by your Prince Charming having magically entered the fairytale realm.   Read More...

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    The Hippy Grinch

    For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I am the Grinch at Christmas. You may have also noticed I have a new-found and overt love for life and everyone in it. However, the two statements are somewhat contradictory which means throughout December I’ve been fighting a constant battle of continuing to spread the love whilst remaining true to my Bah Humbug persona.   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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    A Perfect Introduction

    It was my birthday on Sunday, so instead of a blog, I decided to throw caution to the wind by contacting Oprah (and others) to see if she would be so kind as to read and repost my ramblings. Clearly, she was busy because she’s not got back to me yet, therefore I can’t tell you how we’ve become best friends. Although my pre-birthday family meal is a far cry from the glitz and glam of all things Hollywood, it’s probably more entertaining, and it’s the perfect introduc...  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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    No Fatalities Occurred

    A few weeks ago, I met friends for lunch - for blog purposes, I’ll call them Bertha and Bella. I’ve known the family since Bertha and my mum bonded over the fact that they both had multiple disabled kids. Just to fill you in, three out of Bertha’s four children (of which Bella is the oldest) have a rare, yet undiagnosed condition called Leukodystrophy.   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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    Queen of Disabled Children

    Have you heard I’m the Queen of Disabled Children? That’s right, I was wheeling to the car after a friend’s party at the weekend; blissfully unaware of my royal title when Gertrude (for the purposes of the blog) smiled at me. Of course, I smiled back because, without wanting to sound old fashioned, I think society has forgotten how to interact on the most basic level.As I got to the car, Gertrude approached from across the street.   Read More...

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    True Story: David

    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. David is twenty-eight.   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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    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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    Dream About Custard

    1.25 million people in the UK suffer from the disorder and ninety percent of those are women between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five.So far, I’d ticked all the boxes, but when the psychologist saw me for my assessment, I was greeted with utter shock and amazement: “Oh! You’re anorexic and disabled.” she exclaimed, whilst glaring at my wheelchair. I had now created a new box to tick.On face value, living with Anorexia Nervosa, commonly known as Ana, involved the stereotypical stuff; control ...  Read More...

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    Ballet Was not the Career for me

    So, here I go. First blog. First chapter. By no means my first set of wheels. This blog does what it says on the tin… I’m a budding journalist and, in case you hadn’t already guessed; I use wheels to get around.  Read More...

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