Becoming a wheelchair user

For some people wheelchair use is a lifelong thing, but for others there comes a point where everything changes.  Whether it’s some sort of paralysis or a degenerative condition, many of us reach a point where the choices are to sit on the sofa/stay in bed all day, or use a wheelchair and get out and experience life as a wheelchair user.  When I reached the point where I simply could not get out of my home any more, I cried and then purchased a wheelchair from a healthcare organisation.  After the grief came the big realisation, the ‘where have […]

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Different days out for wheelchair users

As a wheelchair user it’s easy to think that certain places are off limits due to steps, uneven surfaces and other such obstacles.  While some locations, such as beaches, will almost always need specialist equipment to access, do not be so quick to dismiss other places to visit due to access issues.  My advice is to research and to take venues on a case by case basis.  If you want to go somewhere, Google it and see how easy it would be for you to access.  Here is some advice on places to visit that you may have previously thought […]

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My Sunday Photo 26th April 2015 – Fashion

At the risk of seeming self involved, my Sunday Photo is yet another one of me.  An occupational hazard for any blogger who covers fashion and beauty, a slew of selfies can me a little monotonous for blog readers.  Like the large majority of my posts, this pic embodies so much for me. 1.  You can be a wheelchair and still look and feel fabulous 2.  You can be plus size and still look and feel fabulous 3.  If there’s something you think you can’t do because society says you can’t, stick two fingers up to convention and do it […]

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Confidence the secret with Katie Piper

Though I feel I should start with my usual plea for leniency about not posting sooner, I won’t.  A twitter chat with a new friend has prompted me to get my butt off social media (where I can usually be found) and get over here and post.  I have so much to tell you again!  I haven’t even posted about my wedding, which was in August of last year!  Nevertheless, as my last post suggests, I am involved in some really amazing stuff at the moment so I will start there, and then start to wedge in a few things […]

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World Downs Syndrome Day 2015: Raising Awareness & Changing Perceptions

Talking About Down’s Syndrome – Conversations for New Parents is the latest title in the Fink cards family. The brainchild of Lisa Warner they promise to help new parents find their way through the information and emotions that follow a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome for their baby. Hayley Goleniowska, author of the deck of colourful handbag-sized cards, wrote them with new parents in mind, but was keen to emphasise that they would be invaluable for all family members. So often different generations hold different beliefs about Down’s syndrome. Times have changed greatly with those who have the condition are leading […]

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Wheelchair fashion: Fever London Ivy Gown

At the end of last year I attended a fundraising ball for EDS UK.  Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder which effects pretty much everything in the suffers body.  I have EDS myself, hypermobility type, which is one of the many reasons I support the charity. When you have a disability, it is so important to focus on the nice things in life, the things that make your heart beat a little faster.  As a fashion lover, it was so great to see dozens of men and women, many of whom suffer with EDS draped in their finery […]

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Fashionability: Because fashion is for everyone

I know I’m back a little earlier than I anticipated but what can I say, I couldn’t keep away.  Hey, I’m a poet and I don’t know it.  Seriously though, two weeks has given me some time to rest and get better before the year starts to get busy again, which is just what I needed. I’m going to start the this year tying up a few loose ends from last.  There were so many things I wanted to tell you that the year was over before I had the chance to get it all out.  Some things I just […]

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Focus on The Elderly Vulnerable and Disabled: When and How to Engage a Support Worker

Now that the winter months are upon us, it’s time to think about the impact on the elderly and vulnerable.  With the preponderance of food banks, the ubiquity of the ‘heating or eating dilemma, and the many other issues that come with a rapidly aging population, I think these are topics that really need to be discussed.  To that end, this is the first in a series of features about issues that effect the elderly and vulnerable, particularly in the winter months.  Today, I am tackling the issue of how to stay independent in your own home. As someone who […]

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10 Reasons Why I am a Dalek: When It Comes To Chronic Illness It’s The Doctor Who Knows Best

When you suffer from a chronic illness or disability, it is essential to possess a sense of humour.  It makes everything easier, less heavy, less serious, even if the issues themselves are just that.  Heck, if you can’t have a good chuckle about incontinence pads then what is the point?  To that end, here is my homage to my particular set of circumstances, even though I don’t think that Daleks don’t really know what incontinence knickers look like. Ten reasons why my diagnosis should in fact be, Dalek. I can’t go up stairs (I’m an old Dalek, not the new […]

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Silent Sunday 11th October 2014 #silentsunday #mysundayphoto

  A little taste of the amazing Wear is for Autism fashion show in aid of Anna Kennedy online. Full post to follow.    

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