• Disability issues

    One Important Way To Maintain Your Positivity

    It really is essential for your well-being ” Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” Sir Winston Churchill I am laying in bed one Saturday morning. The weather is cold but in my bed I am warm and comfortable. I think ‘I don’t want to move from here’ knowing that within a short time my carers will arrive. They will cheerily throw back my covers, strip me naked, wash and dress me and hoist me into my wheelchair. I want to stay in my warm comfortable bed. I cannot face all that just to sit in the chair for 7 hours with pain gradually worsening, until I…

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    The ‘Before’ And The ‘After’

    Is this what my life has become? I’m sure we have all seen magazine pieces or shows on TV where we can look at a person’s ‘before’ and after’ story. It could be their weight, re-doing their home or having a beauty make-over. Certainly here in Britain we have plenty of them. I didn’t realise I was a ‘before’ and ‘after’ person until I wrote this post, even though I’m sure I’ve written in those terms in other posts! Anyway, before I bore you and myself to death let’s get on. We have a heatwave in the UK at the moment.  This is very difficult for those of us who…

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    How Small Things Can Sometimes Be Huge

    And how it can make a difference In my life the smallest things can make the biggest difference.  Today my senior carer told me that are putting time in my care plan to wash my hair once a week.  This has made my day.  It’s a relatively unimportant thing in the grand scheme of things at the moment but for me it’s huge. Back in the day when I was living my ‘normal’ life, I would get up and shower every morning.  It was my routine and I washed my hair everyday.  I have very thick hair so I would often wake up looking like I’d got a bush from…

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    Why do I think of myself as not normal

    And does it really matter? I love watching travel and wildlife programmes. I find them quite peaceful and easy to watch, especially before going to sleep. The cinematography is stunning. They inspire me to want to see these places and things for myself. I am thinking about things I would like to be doing or things I wish I could do. I always think ‘if I was normal I could be doing that’ . What is this ‘normal’? I spend most of my time writing about how disabled people should not be seen any differently to able-bodied people, about accessibility, about attitudes, and yet, in my private thoughts, I am…