My Reflections on 2020

It’s that time of year where I get to reflect on the year. The highlight to the year has been the publishing of my book Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm after the Storm.

I have shied away from writing about Brexit on my blog recently because my attentions have turned to more positive things. I have been working on the edits for my second book, due out in …

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31 Dec, 2020

Supporting My Book In The Pandemic

It is because the UK agreed to leave the EU in 2016 that I was already looking at and dealing with a different set of circumstances around my book publishing in January 2020.

My book Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ was officially published by @Reddoorbooks in January 2020 and in March 2020 we were also dealing with Covid-19. Between Brexit and the Pandemic the book industry …

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30 Dec, 2020

A Life Less Ordinary

A life less ordinary because I deal with a disability and every-day challenges others take for granted. I am different, I am unique; I have a different learning style and pace. I’m living a life of worth.

I look back on my own childhood, and as I do, I see a different pattern emerging of my own circumstances living with mental and emotional difficulties, I didn’t know I had. A life less ordinary, because I also didn’t …

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27 Dec, 2020

Being cruel

It is important we are open with ourselves about our experiences and vulnerabilities. When we work on acceptance, we avoid being cruel to others.

When we feel mentally or emotionally hurt, we will back off and start to live a life in denial on the facts, which means running away from our truth. It is only through us being open and honest that our own emotional …

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26 Dec, 2020

Christmas Day Thoughts

It’s been a tough year and it’s not over. First the UK have inflicted Brexit on us and 9 months into Covid-19 since the pandemic was announced, we have that to work through, with many lives lost, both of which have tested my mental strength.

My thoughts today are with those who have and continue to be separated from their loved ones this Christmas. To all those fighting Covid-19, to those in hospital, for those living in care homes, my thoughts …

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25 Dec, 2020

My Alexithymia diagnosis

In 2009 at the age of 46, I found out about my cerebral palsy diagnosis, later finding out I had been diagnosed at 2. In January 2019 at the age of 56 I was diagnosed with autism after a lifetime of mental and emotional struggles.

The last piece of the jigsaw is being able to give a name to my mental, emotional and physical difficulties; I have alexithymia. This is the last piece of the jigsaw in what has been a very long journey; too long. This diagnosis …

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23 Dec, 2020

Brexit food shortages

I talk about the things that affect me in my blog. It has become necessary for my mental health. It is because I deal with autism that I struggle more.

With a week and a half to go to Brexit, this particular blog is current, Brexit shortages is something we all need to know about, it will affect us all. Personally, I am struggling to comprehend what has …

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22 Dec, 2020

Order my new book

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