On the eve of my 29th birthday I find myself alone and feeling reflective. At what age do birthdays begin to elicit such a response, I wonder? Certainly in my early twenties getting older was merely an excuse to celebrate. Now though, at the ripe old age of not-even-thirty-yet, at 17.58 on a Wednesday evening,…… Continue reading Twenty-nine
The first, and thus far only, time that a painting has brought me to tears I was sitting in bed flicking through Frida Kahlo: Masterpieces of Art, by Julian Beecroft. As my eyes glided over an image of The Dream (The Bed), 1940 on page 90, and settled on page 91, an unexpected bubble of…… Continue reading ‘The Broken Column’ and The Power of Art
Who am I writing for? While connecting with others who live with multiple sclerosis has brought me a great sense of comforting camaraderie, and I have found a “purpose” in writing relatable pieces for the chronically ill and disabled community, one of my biggest driving motivations is to reach out beyond the collective “us” and…… Continue reading Get Involved, We Need You
I’ve seen a lot of advice on how to look after your mental health as we continue to live through this pesky pandemic, advice that more often than not leans heavily on the benefits of physical activity, exercise, movement, and spending time outdoors. What I have as yet failed to see acknowledged (quelle surprise) is…… Continue reading Twelve (Non-physical) Ideas For Mental Wellbeing
“Am I overreacting?” I ask, as I find myself questioning the suitability of the duplex style honeymoon suite at a potential wedding venue. I can still walk up and down stairs. There’s a good chance I’ll still be able to walk up and down stairs in 18 months’ time. Is my unease at the prospect…… Continue reading Do I Really Need Accessible?
As lockdown began to lift we saw measures being implemented to ensure physical distancing rules could be adhered to with more ease – such measures have all too frequently involved the commandeering of disabled parking spaces and accessible entrances. One way systems have rendered access either impossible or incredibly difficult for those of us with…… Continue reading Am I Welcome Here?