My Pick Me Up Book

Writing Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm, which is different to the blog, means for the first time I talk about my experiences, my life and my disability, in a self-contained place that helps me and others understand our lives and it’s different to the blog.

Living with autism is like watching a mouse on a ferris wheel go round. Unless I am able to find a resolve on my issues, my thoughts go nowhere and that adds to my daily stress. My book helps us deal …

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29 Apr, 2021

Blind Loyalty

Blind loyalty involves being loyal or dedicated to a person, despite the damage that person does to us, or others. Excusing bad behaviour may save face in the short term, but in the longer term, it’s us who will lose out.

It may also involve a form of cognitive dissonance, where he or she sees a problem, turns a blind eye on the truth in favour of keeping a positive image of that person, or cause. Blind loyalty is prevalent in …

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27 Apr, 2021

A Karen Marie Moning quote

Something inspirational:

“Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.”


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26 Apr, 2021

The old life I had is gone

Even though we are now officially out of lockdown, I am still staying home. When I go out for a walk, I shall continue to wear a mask. The old life I had is gone. Whilst people are now going about their lives, I hope they will give a thought for those who are still high risk and vulnerable to Covid-19.

The truth is that whilst we think we’re okay, scientists say we can still have Covid-19, even though we may have no symptoms. As of the 3rd January 2021, with 127,620 deaths in the UK having been reported …

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25 Apr, 2021

Fitness for any age

Fitness is important for our longevity. There are things we can do to help us promote a more healthy and proactive lifestyle.


  • Instead of watching TV, encourage your child to find activities to do on their own or with friends, such as playing outdoors or riding bikes;
  • Children are more likely to participate;
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24 Apr, 2021

Find Your Voice

In a world that isn’t big on encouragement, it is important to find your voice. It is important to bring understanding, initiate dialogue and open up conversations, because otherwise we will fail to live up to our own vision, or that of our family.

We may often fail to see our own vision when we concentrate on what others want for us, thinking they have our backs, as we …

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23 Apr, 2021

The odd one out

“The odd one out is a person or thing is different from or kept apart from others that form a group or set.” – Cambridge Dictionary

It is because I have autism that I am considered different and sigmatised and seen as ‘the odd one out.’  I have always struggled to fit in. My nemesis is autism, but anyone who is different may often be seen as …

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21 Apr, 2021

Pre-order my new book

Many thanks
Ilana x