• Disability issues

    How My Life Changed Almost Overnight

    And what I’ve learned In 2004 fear took over my life. This is when the first symptoms of MS began, and I had no idea what was happening to me. I went from a fit, active person to someone who could only walk a short distance, had difficulty driving, could no longer type with both hands and so many other things. Almost overnight. The fear was intense, I suffered panic attacks, I cried a lot, lashed out at my husband and he at me. This was completely alien to me, we had been married for a long time and for the most part happily. Neither of us could understand why…

  • Disability issues

    Why should disability exclude us from travel

    The simple answer is it shouldn’t I have been thinking a lot about accessible travel (again) over the last week. In April I want to travel to France for a family wedding. I’m a full time wheelchair user, and I fly only once a year now. That’s because it is a horrible experience. And that’s if it runs smoothly. If it goes wrong it can quickly become an absolutely horrific situation. I have had so many of these that I’m wondering whether to bother any more. It is so stressful. Then I think how unfair it is that a whole section of society can potentially be excluded from travel, when,…

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    What to Do When Plans Go Wrong and Do We Need Them?

    Plans can be important when you have a disability or chronic illness. If they don’t work out does it make you feel anxious? Believe me, it’s not just you. As a full time wheelchair user, my life has limitations. In September last year I decided to start a blog. It gave me something to focus on. I love writing and up to then had just kept a journal where I wrote about anything and everything, especially after my MS diagnosis. I realised over time that plans were an essential part of living with a disability if life was to run smoothly. Any outing has to be an almost military exercise.…

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    How it feels to live with chronic illness

    Six things I learned that may help “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life”. – Seneca – Letters from a Stoic These are wise words indeed, especially if you are living with a chronic illness or are a disabled person, when everyday can bring different symptoms, different feelings and obstacles. Not so easy though is it? Yesterday, I gave in. For two days I had been feeling awful, deep down I knew why, but, as usual, I kept going. For two weeks before Christmas I was busy as we all are. Being in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I get away with not planning…

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    How do we change attitudes

    Disabled people are not another species I started this Blog with no clear idea of exactly what I was going to write about. The idea was that I didn’t want to be defined by my disability. The thing is, I have since realised that it is so much a part of my life – it IS my life – that I write everything from the perspective of a disabled person. When I read the newspaper to gain ideas and information for my writing I am instantly drawn to disability issues. Inevitable? Probably. Two news stories caught my eye today. Although they are different, they both relate to how disabled people…